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I didn’t do my research before joining Bolton Wanderers from PSG – Jay-Jay Okocha

Austin Jay-Jay Okocha, a Nigeria icon, has said that he didn’t do his homework before joining Bolton Wanderers from Paris Saint-Germain in 2002.

When Okocha left French Ligue 1 powers PSG for Bolton Wanderers in the Premier League nineteen years ago, he startled many football fans.

Even though PSG was not a major team at the time, Okocha’s departure for Bolton Wanderers, who were fighting relegation in the Premier League at the time, was surprising.

However, Okocha has admitted that he was unaware of Bolton’s Premier League status before signing with the club, and that it took him a long time to adjust in.

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“Well, I will say that it’s obvious I didn’t do my research before signing for Bolton,” Okocha told Ally McCoist and Gabriel Agbonlahor on their Talksport breakfast show.

“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.

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“And I also think the mentality, you know the football style was difficult.”

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Okocha added, “It took me a while to really understand what Sam’s philosophy was.”

But despite his early struggles at Bolton, Okocha went on to earn a legendary status at the club.

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The former midfield maestro helped Bolton to avoid relegation in his first season, winning the goal of the season.

He was also made the captain in his second season, and as a captain, he led Bolton to a league cup final in 2004, where they lost to Middlesbrough.

Okocha eventually made 144 appearances for Bolton, scoring 18 goals and providing three assists before leaving for Qatar in 2006.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Even at his retirement, he is still the greatest player in the history.
    Jay Jay in his prime, played football for the fun an entertainment footballer and not after the money.. Everyone enjoyed him in the field of play, so no regrets in going to Bolton. A skilful and talented player like him after playing for psg should consider a higher career and not Bolton…

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