Chinese group Shandong Luneng keen on Bolton takeover and ‘want Sam Allardyce as manager’

10 May

Chinese group Shandong Luneng are keen to complete a takeover at Bolton and want Sam Allardyce to make a return as boss, according to reports.

Investors from the group are said to have been shown around the ground and are considering an offer to buy the League One-bound club.

Sam Allardyce has been out of work since leaving Everton last summer
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The Sun report Shandong Luneng tried to buy the club last year, but talks with owner Ken Anderson stalled.

In recent trips to England, they have been accompanied by ex-Bolton sports scientist Mark Taylor, who worked with Allardyce at Wanderers, Blackburn, Newcastle and Sunderland.

Allardyce is remembered fondly by Bolton fans after guiding the club into the Premier League in 2001 and reaching the last-32 of the UEFA Cup, now known as the Europa League, five years later.

He managed the club between 1999 and 2007 before leaving for Newcastle.

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Shandong Luneng have a club playing in the Chinese Super League, but reportedly want to own an English team.

Despite living locally, the former England boss could be put off by a return as Bolton are set to start next season on -12 points after Anderson and a company acting on behalf of late owner Eddie Davies’s Trust put the club into administration.

On Wednesday, Anderson said there was ‘little or no choice’ but for ‘one of us’ to take action, however a club statement said papers have been filed by both parties.

“Ken Anderson filed the Notice of Intent to appoint an administrator forms with the (Insolvency and Companies Court) yesterday morning for both Bolton Wanderers Football Club and Bolton Whites Hotel in his position as a qualifying floating charge holder on both companies,” the statement said.

“Later in the day Flidraw Limited, on behalf of the late Eddie Davies’s Trust, also filed similar documents for both Burnden Leisure and Bolton Wanderers Football Club having served demand notices on both companies earlier in the day.”

Allardyce has been out of work since being sacked by Everton last May.

Marouane Fellaini: Former Manchester United star scores on Chinese Super League debut for Shandong Luneng

1 Mar

Marouane Fellaini got off to a flying start in China by netting the winning goal during his Shandong Luneng debut.

The former Manchester United midfielder helped his new club secure a 1-0 victory over Beijing Renhe in their opening game of the 2019 Chinese Super League season.

Fellaini, 31, joined Shandong Luneng in January after five-and-a-half years at Old Trafford.

He was a key figure under Jose Mourinho, but interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer cast Fellaini aside following his appointment in December.

The Belgian made 177 appearances in all competitions for United after joining from Everton in the summer of 2013.

His move to China had been questioned in some quarters – Fellaini reportedly turned down less lucrative offers in more competitive leagues.

But he is already beginning to prove his worth for Shandong Luneng, where he is joined by former Southampton ace Graziano Pelle.

With the opening match of the season against Beijing Renhe goalless, Fellaini struck at the beginning of the second-half.

The 6ft 4ins midfielder swivelled cutely inside the box and fired a left-footed finish past the Beijing goalkeeper, who perhaps should’ve done better.

Marouane Fellaini: Five times his goals and aerial presence were vital to Manchester United success

4 Feb

Marouane Fellaini has ended his six-year spell at Manchester United and joined Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng.

Signed by David Moyes for £27.5million on deadline day 2013, he was the first major arrival at following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.

While the Belgian has plenty of detractors and his unorthodox style mean he is not the archetypal player usually associated with United, he did manage to carve himself a niche as an impact substitute who was important for both Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.

talkSPORT.com looks at his most vital moments in a United shirt.


1. Manchester derby goal – 2015

Sergio Aguero had given Manchester City the lead after just eight minutes at Old Trafford before Ashley Young equalised. The latter then whipped in a dangerous cross to the back post and there lurking with intent, was Fellaini, who headed the ball powerfully beneath Joe Hart to give Van Gaal’s side the lead. It was one they would never surrender, as they eventually won 4-2.

Fellaini heads home in the derby

2. Helping United reach the FA Cup final – 2016

With the likes of Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford in attack, United, surprisingly struggled to make a breakthrough against Everton, but thanks to their towering midfielder that changed. A late run into the area, followed by a clever finish from a Martial pass helped knock out his former club and send United into a record-equalling 19th FA Cup final, which they won by beating Crystal Palace.

The Belgian scored against Everton in the FA Cup semi-final

3. Another crucial cup goal – 2017

Fellaini again proved his worth with another important contribution in yet another cup semi-final, this time the EFL Cup. Coming off the bench in the 79th minute against Hull, he rose highest to powerfully head in a Matteo Darmian cross from the left and give United a 2-0 lead. That goal would prove to be invaluable, as Hull won the second leg 2-1, but lost 3-2 on aggregate. United then beat Southampton 3-2 in the final.

A crucial goal against Hull in 2017

4. Europa League heroics – 2017

Notice the pattern building here? If Fellaini scores in a cup semi-final, it means United progress and then win the tournament and that is exactly what happened here. Leading Celta Vigo 1-0 from the first encounter, Fellaini was picked out by a Rashford cross to head in on 17 minutes; as Jose Mourinho’s 10 men nervously held on to book their place in Stockholm.

Fellaini powered a vital header in against Celta Vigo

5. Arsenal the victim of another headed goal and another United win – 2018

While there was no title to contest, Man United v Arsenal carries a level of importance and expectancy from the fans and it was United who left with the bragging rights. With the scores still level in the second minute of stoppage time, Young curled in a cross and you know who got on the end to flick his header into the bottom corner? Yes, it was Fellaini who also ensured Arsene Wenger’s final visit to Old Trafford was a miserable one.

Fellani celebrates his goal against Arsenal

Marouane Fellaini: Manchester United agree to sell Belgium midfielder to Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng

31 Jan

Marouane Fellaini is set to seal a move away from Manchester United as the Old Trafford club have agreed to sell him to Shandong Luneng.

It is understood an agreement has been reached for the transfer of Fellaini, the Belgium midfielder, to the Chinese Super League club pending the acceptance of personal terms.

He has passed a medical and looked set to travel to China on Thursday morning, with a photo shared on Instagram showing himself at an airport alongside the phrase: ‘Let’s go’.

Fellaini shared the above picture on social media

The move does not have to be completed before Thursday’s 11pm deadline as the Chinese Super League’s transfer window remains open until the end of February.

Fellaini is set to leave Old Trafford five-and-a-half years after joining Manchester United from Everton, having penned permanent terms with the Red Devils to follower manager David Moyes from Goodison Park.

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