Stelios Settled Into Bolton Life

Last updated : 23 January 2004 By Mark Heys
Stelios Giannakopoulos has said he is happy at the way he has settled into the team at Bolton Wanderers since his summer arrival from Greek champions Olympiakos and has predicted that the club will go onto bigger things following this season's Carling Cup exploits.

The 30-year old winger won seven championships during his time with Olympiakos before the Bolton manager Sam Allardyce swooped to bring him to England under the Bosman ruling in July and Stelios says he never expected to settle in so well at the Reebok Stadium.

"Life in England is a different experience, I could say it is ideal for me. I thought it would be difficult for me to live in another place that is so different to what I am used to and play for a team that has different goals to that of Olympiakos. I could never have imagined it would be so easy for me to become a member of this squad" he explained.

Stelios, who scored a fine overhead kick during the midweek cup win over Aston Villa says that he and the rest of his team mates are now aiming for the final and he predicts big times ahead in the future of Bolton Wanderers.

"We are one step from the final and this is now our target. We are playing some great football. Against Aston Villa we played very well and everything seemed to work for us. Each one of my team mates put in a great performance" the Greek international added.

"This club is ready for big things and that is all because of the work and the planning that was done at the beginning of the season"