Allardyce eyes challenge abroad

Bolton manager Sam Allardyce could be tempted to work abroad later in his career.

Bolton manager Sam Allardyce could be tempted to work abroad later in his career.

Allardyce, who has taken the club into the group stages of the UEA Cup, is interested in following a trail blazed by other British bosses.

The Reebok chief, keen to reverse a trend that has seen the Barclays Premiership awash with continental coaches, named Sir Bobby Robson, Terry Venables, John Toshack and Howard Kendall as the men he most admired when they moved overseas.

“Coming into a foreign country and succeeding as a coach is a fantastic challenge, ” Allardyce told Radio 5 Live.

“That is something I want to challenge myself with, maybe later on my career.

“Some very good managers have left this country to go and manage in a foreign country and done exceptionally well.”

Meanwhile, Jay-Jay Okocha was being examined by Nigeria’s medical team after tearing a muscle in his groin in the defeat by Wigan.

Allardyce was keen for his captain to remain in England and recuperate but Nigeria insisted on carrying out their own tests.

Okocha has been ruled out of the World Cup qualifier against Zimbabwe and is doubtful for Bolton’s first match after the international break when they meet Chelsea.

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