Popular manager, Sam Allardyce has come out to say that Bolton Wanderers felt they had no chance of signing Austin Jay-Jay Okocha after his contract with Paris Saint-Germain expired. He recently had his say while speaking to the press, and fans have been reacting.
According to him, the club simply gave it a shot without thinking they stood any chance, but it turned out that it was a possible deal that eventually happened.
Sam added that the main objective was for Okocha to play in the Premier League because it was simply the best league to play in.
His words, “We gave it a shot, not thinking we had any real chance. But if you don’t ask you don’t get,”
“We flew out to Paris before the World Cup. We never really got any real response in that meeting, but to our surprise after the World Cup, and after a long conversation, we went back out there and struck a deal in Charles de Gaulle airport.”
“The main objective was for [Okocha] to play in the Premier League.”
“Players were coming from all over the world in the early 2000s because it was clearly the best place to be, the best place to play football and the best place to get paid as well.”
“He wanted to broaden his experience in football — and in culture, if you like. He’d experienced the German way, then Turkey, then France, then he wanted to come to England.”
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