Date: 5th January 2006 at 10:18am
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Although the news of an alleged approach by Newcastle United to take Bolton boss Sam Allardyce has gone public, there has been no news from the Reebok giving the Toon a ‘hands off’ warning. And that is very unusual from a club confident of hanging into what they have.

But the Bolton Telegraph claim the Bolton boss would be interested in the move.

Bolton Telegraph: ‘Allardyce, who is in his seventh year at the Reebok, turned down a chance to manage Newcastle 16 months ago, when Sir Bobby Robson was sacked. But there is a growing belief that his frustrations at still having to operate on a tight financial budget, despite taking Wanderers to unprecedented success, would make him more inclined now to say ‘Yes’ if Shepherd came calling again.’