Give Me More Cash - Allardyce

Last updated : 30 January 2005 By Mark Heys
Sam Allardyce has told the Bolton board of directors that he needs more money to spend to enable him to take the club onwards and upwards - or face the prospect of being dragged back into a relegation battle.

Each season the Wanderers boss is looking to improve his squad to take them onto the next level but is often thwarted in his attempts to sign players due to the lack of cash which is being made available to him

"Every year I tell the board I need more money to take the club forward, but next season it will be even more important because I am worried about getting dragged back into relegation trouble.

Allardyce also confirmed that he refrained from making a bid for Newcastle United bad boy Craig Bellamy as he knew that he would be outpriced in his attempts to land the Welsh international.

"Look at Craig Bellamy. A top striker becoming available - but we couldn't even afford to pay his wages. It's a big frustration for me.

Reinvestment is the key to Bolton's future progression according to the former Blackpool and Notts County cheif. Allardyce feels the lack of spending may prove disasterous in years to come.

"If you don't reinvest in any business, you go bust. If a bottle-top factory doesn't spend money on new machines to make bottle tops, they won't survive."