Allardyce picks Okocha as his best club captain ever

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England’s new manager, Sam Allardyce, has picked former Super Eagles captain, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, as the best captain he ever had in his over 20 years as club manager.

Allardyce was in charge at Bolton Wanderers from 1999 to 2007 and brought Okocha to the club in 2002 and made him captain a year later.

Speaking with reporters on the eve of his first match as manager of the Three Lions, Allardyce said, “Jay Jay Okocha. On and off the field he was the captain you looked for”.

Okocha had 124 appearances for Bolton from 2002 – 2006, during which the club stabilised in the English Premier League.

Allardyce continued: “In a multi-national side from all over the world he could speak four different languages, communicate very well with some of the players who couldn’t speak quite as good English.

“He sorted the odd scuffle out in the dressing room, talked to the players about how we had to go out and win. He’d take the manager’s instructions and apply them in the right way.

“Then there was outstanding ability on the field, leading by example and showing everybody he wasn’t a mercenary which was suggested in the beginning, that he’d only come for the money.

While picking Okocha as his best, Allardyce has also worked with other captains including the likes of Mark Noble and Kevin Nolan at West Ham and John O’Shea at Sunderland.

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  • Watch man

    Good to note that Nigerians are celebrated by outsiders despite the fact that the country (govt in particular) has little or no respect for their own. Siasia is a quick example.

  • udemeobong

    Such a coach is good for Nigeria football, cause he knew what it takes.

  • udemeobong

    “England’s new manager, Sam Allardyce, has picked former Super Eagles captain, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, as the best captain he ever had in his over 20 years as club manager”
    Did someóne read that? This is coming from a coach of the English National Team!!!
    I wish Nigeria FA realise this.

  • thusspokez

    Allardyce picks Okocha as his best club captain ever

    Allardyce is a bloody hypocrite. I don’t imagine that the Nigerians who are praising Allardyce here are aware of the fact that in 2006, the same Allardyce had stripped Okocha of the captaincy of Bolton Wanderers. And also, Okocha had to chase the reluctant Allardyce around to renew his contract.