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I Should’ve Done Enough Research Before Joining Bolton -Okocha

I Should’ve Done Enough Research Before Joining Bolton -Okocha

Former Super Eagles midfielder, Austine Okocha has revealed that he did not know Bolton’s status in the Premier League before signing for them.

Recall that in 2002, Okoach shocked many football fans when he left French Ligue 1 giants PSG for Bolton in the Premier League nineteen years ago.

He told Ally McCoist and Gabriel Agbonlahor on their Talksport breakfast show that he found life very difficult to cope with under manager, Sam Allardyce when he first join Bolton.

Okocha played a key role in ensuring that Bolton avoid relegation to earn a legendary status at the club.

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“Well, I will say that it’s obvious I didn’t do my research before signing for Bolton. But as a football person, you know football comes first, not the city, not the lifestyle that comes with the City.”

“But one thing was clear, the training ground was different. The attitudes towards the games were different. And I also think the mentality, you know the football style was difficult. It took me a while to really understand what Sam’s philosophy was.”

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  • Such a Talented player that didn’t discipline himself to learn more and Improve by going to a competitive football club!! Was very comfortable as a king of dribbling while remaining a low bidder for Trophies and expansive play.
    Though a legend to many, experts know that he could have done and achieve a lot bigger and better!!!

  • JJ that was a very irresponsible choice. That puts paid to your emerging as caf African player of the year. Ronaldinho said the same thing. Your move to fernabache was another wrong one. You moved because of money. Turkey was completely tax free then.


    Jay Jay you played for money instead of accolades.It dented his glo caf awards.

  • Gandhi 2 months ago

    Greed nailed you Jay Jay. Greedy Igbo guy

  • Okocha is one of the best players Africa has ever produced but didn’t live up to expectation.