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Sam and Harry pal up after Panorama broadcast

Bolton boss Sam Allardyce have revealed he and Harry Redknapp have exchanged messages of support since Tuesday's Panorama programme.

Both managers were the subject of allegations by the BBC's undercover investigation - and they will encounter each other in the flesh on Monday night when Bolton visit Redknapp's Portsmouth.

Allardyce and son Craig were alleged by Panorama to have received illegal payments, and Pompey boss Redknapp of making an illegal approach for a player. All deny any wrongdoing.

The Bolton manager confirmed he had been in touch with Redknapp, who yesterday publicly expressed his support for his counterpart.

Allardyce said: 'I have had some conversations with him, yes. He said some nice things about me yesterday and the compliments go hand in hand.'

Allardyce went on to express gratitude for the messages of support he has received since Tuesday.

He said: 'The support has been absolutely tremendous and I have to thank everyone who has contacted me by phone, by text, by e-mail, by letter or when I have bumped into them.

'That has been superb from my point of view and the rest of my family.

'The club, the staff and the players have been 100% behind me. That has been very, very encouraging.

'We must move on, I'm getting on with my job, the players are doing theirs and there's nothing better than going down to Portsmouth and playing against a team who are currently the best in the Premiership.'

Allardyce admitted the last few days had been difficult but believes it has not been distracting for the players.

He said: 'Yes, it has been difficult but we're fine now. You have to move forward and you have to do that particularly when you stand in the position I stand in.

'It hasn't been too bad because I have such a huge backroom staff in place that my job has always been to delegate.'

Talking about Monday's match, Allardyce said he was not surprised Portsmouth are riding high at the top of the Premiership.

'I'm not surprised because I'm not surprised at anything Harry does,' said Allardyce.

'When he took over when they were near the bottom of the old First Division, and he dragged them from the depths of despair.

'They couldn't do without him and simply had to get him back and he managed to keep them up which was a minor miracle.

'After a takeover and being given a few extra bob he has invested it wisely and now they have had five games without conceding a goal.'