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Last Updated: Sunday, 29 April 2007, 19:06 GMT 20:06 UK
Sam's reign in photos

Sam Allardyce in his early days as Bolton boss

Sam Allardyce, a former Bolton player, returns to the club as manager in September 1999 after leaving Notts County

Bolton lose out in the 2000 FA Cup semi-final

In his first season, Bolton lose in the semi-finals of the League Cup and on penalties to Aston Villa in the FA Cup semi-finals

Allardyce after Bolton lose to Ipswich

The campaign ends in more heartbreak when Wanderers lose to Ipswich in the semi-finals of the Divison One play-offs

Allardyce with the play-off trophy

But the following year a 3-0 victory over Preston in the play-off final in Cardiff takes Bolton back to the top flight

Sam Allardyce

They make a great start in the Premiership and briefly lead the table, but a dismal run sees them flirt with relegation

Allardyce celebrates after the win over Middlesbrough

Another battle against the drop follows in 2003 - a win over Middlesbrough on the season's final day ensures their survival

Youri Djorkaeff and Jay-Jay Okocha

Allardyce transforms Bolton's fortunes with the signings of overseas stars like Youri Djorkaeff and Jay-Jay Okocha

Allardyce consoles Kevin Davies

Bolton secure a top-eight finish in 2004 and reach the League Cup final, which they lose to Middlesbrough

Allardyce celebrates after Bolton secure a Uefa Cup place in 2005

Bolton's rise continues as they claim a European place in 2005 for the first time in their history after finishing sixth

Bolton lose to Marseille

Bolton progress to the knock-out stages of the Uefa Cup before being put out by French side Marseille

Sam Allardyce

The forward-thinking boss is one of the first to use ProZone - the computer system that tracks players during a match

Sam Allardyce

Allardyce is touted for the England manager's job in 2006 before narrowly missing out to Steve McClaren

Sam Allardyce with Nicolas Anelka

He continues to attract big names to Bolton - Nicolas Anelka arrives at the Reebok Stadium in an 8m deal

Sam Allardyce at Chelsea

With Wanderers again on course for a Uefa Cup spot, they face champions Chelsea amid reports Allardyce is set to quit

Sam Allardyce and chairman Phil Gartside

And the following day, club chairman Phil Gartside confirms Allardyce's resignation - ending a memorable eight-year reign

Allardyce made massive impact
29 Apr 07 |  Bolton Wanderers
Allardyce resigns as Bolton boss
29 Apr 07 |  Bolton Wanderers


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