Wednesday 15 February 2012

Lee relishing Bolton return

Former manager is back at Wanderers as Head of Academy coaching

Sammy Lee was in charge at Bolton Wanderers for a brief spell in 2007

Sammy Lee says he is delighted to be back at Bolton Wanderers after returning to the club as Head of Academy coaching.

The 53-year-old has held the roles of player, coach and manager at Bolton and brings a wealth of experience to the job, having also been assistant to the likes of Kenny Dalglish, Rafael Benitez and Roy Hodgson at Liverpool.

"It's a role that has been created because of all the new regulations from the reserves downwards, so it was an opportunity for me and one I jumped at," he told the club's official website.

"I think everyone knows I have got an affinity with this football club. There have only really been two in my life, Liverpool and Bolton.

"The fans were great to me even through the hard times and I want to give something back"
- Sammy Lee

"It's just great to be back again because it's a fantastic football club with a great bedrock of supporters.

"Even just in the two days I have been here I have seen some great quality. It's new, it's exciting and I like a challenge. I can only promise people that I'll give 100 per cent."

Lee was appointed assistant manager at Bolton under Sam Allardyce in 2005 and took the manager's job in April 2007.

Wanderers parted company with Lee in October of the same year after a disappointing run of results but the former Liverpool midfielder said he did not hold any grudges.

"I was disappointed when it didn't work out as a manager, but that's football," added Lee. "But the fans were great to me even through the hard times and I want to give something back.

"I've still got some unfinished business here to do, so hopefully I can take it on.

"There were no hard feelings whatsoever and I fully understood the decision had to be taken. We didn't have a very good start.

"But it was done in the best of tastes. It's never nice to lose your job but there is a right way, and Bolton Wanderers certainly did it in the right way."

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Key Points

  • Sammy Lee returns to Bolton as Head of Academy coaching
  • Former Liverpool assistant has been a player, coach and manager at Wanderers
  • Lee says he has unfinished business at the club