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Last Updated: Wednesday, 5 October 2005, 10:38 GMT 11:38 UK
Allardyce aims to manage abroad
Bolton manager Sam Allardyce
Bolton manager Sam Allardyce has revealed that he wants to work abroad at some stage in his career.

Allardyce has been in charge of Bolton since 1999 and transformed them into an established Premiership club who are currently in the Uefa Cup.

He told BBC Radio Five Live: "Some very good managers have left this country to go and manage in a foreign country and done exceptionally well.

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

Allardyce, who has previously managed at Blackpool and Notts County, is keen to emulate the exploits of other British managers who have succeeded abroad.

"Coming into a foreign country and succeeding as a coach is a fantastic challenge," he added.

"Howard Kendall, Bobby Robson, Terry Venables, John Toshack and Graeme Souness - it shows we have had very good managers leave this country and do exceptionally well."

Charlton manager Alan Curbishley, who has been in joint or sole charge at The Valley since 1991, said it is extremely difficult for an English manager to make their mark on the Premiership - especially at the top clubs.

"The only way a young English manager gets in the Premiership as I see it is if he is promoted in the Premiership with his own side and stays there," said Curbishley.

"As Sam has said, if he changes his name to Alladerchi maybe he will get a chance.

"It is down to the chairman, they run their clubs, it is their decision. All we can do is carry on and do as well as we can."

  • Sam Allardyce and Alan Curbishley will be discussing English managers on BBC Radio Five Live's Sport on Five programme at 1900 BST on Wednesday.

    Interview: Bolton boss Sam Allardyce


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