Big Sam to Make Bolton Return After Landing Palace Job

  • December 23, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Sam Allardyce will return to Bolton in January, after being appointed manager of Crystal Palace on a two-and-a-half year contract.

Allardyce, who departed his position as England boss in September after just one match in charge, succeeds Alan Pardew at Selhurst Park and becomes the first person in history to take charge of six different Premier League sides.

The 62-year-old, who enjoyed a highly successful period in charge at Wanderers between 1999 and 2007, will return to Macron Stadium on January 7, 2017, when his new side tackle Phil Parkinson's League One outfit in the third round of the FA Cup.

Since stepping down from his role with the Trotters nine-and-a-half years ago, Allardyce has faced his former employers on five separate occasions - winning three, drawing one and losing one.

His most recent return in a managerial role was in December 2010, when goals from Fabrice Muamba and Stuart Holden gave Bolton a memorable 2-1 victory over Allardyce's Blackburn Rovers team.

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