Sammy Speaks About His 'Gaffer' Ambitions

Last updated : 23 June 2006 By Matt Bottom
"Yes (I do) and I've never made any secret of my ambitions," he told "That's the good thing about Sam Allardyce. He knows I haven't come here to stand quietly by in the background.

"We have been up front with each other from the start and he knows I'm ambitious, not ambitious in a cut-throat way but ambitious to better myself and succeed. I love coaching and being an assistant manager but I think you always need ambitions.

"I also know that I'm still learning the game. I have to walk before I can run but the last ten months has been a great learning curve in so many aspects."

Meanwhile, Bolton manager Sam Allardyce is one of a number of names being linked to the job of Australia coach.

Guus Hiddink is set to quit the job after the World Cup and link up with Russia and while the Australian FA's first choice is thought to be Lyon's Gerard Houllier it is believed that Allardyce is a top contender for the post.