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Nigeria sensation: Siasia wanted at Bolton

Nigeria U23 coach Samson Siasia is being linked with a sensational move to Bolton Wanderers.

The Independent says Bolton are exploring the prospect of a management structure overhaul, which is likely to lead to Gary Megson leaving in the summer.

So far Bolton have yet to identify who they want as their director of football, although they are considering candidates with experience of managing in the top flight. That's because it's thought they are prepared to take a gamble on the man who could coach the first-team.

One candidate is believed to be Siasia who is currently the coach of the Nigerian under-23 team which is competing in this summer's Olympics and is regarded as one of the favourites for the gold medal.

While viewed as a major gamble, Siasia enjoys a big reputation within football and can count on Berti Vogts and Jose Mourinho as fans.

Siasia spent some time monitoring the work of Mourinho while he was Chelsea manager and is believed to have impressed the Portuguese.

He is not the only coach under consideration by Bolton although they are also aware that he played a crucial role in the development of a crop of young Nigerian players and are keen to tap into his expertise.

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