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By ESPN Staff

Allardyce consults Bolton chairman over suing BBC

Bolton manager Sam Allardyce will consult club chairman Phil Gartside before deciding whether to take legal action against the BBC over the Panorama investigation into football transfers.

The programme alleged that both Allardyce and his son, Craig, were given bribes to facilitate player transfers.

Both deny any wrongdoing and in a statement Allardyce confirmed he was prepared to go to court to clear his reputation.

He said: 'I have had lengthy discussions today with my lawyers and they have advised me that I have a very strong case in relation to the Panorama programme.

'I have therefore instructed them to prepare my case against the BBC, whom I am planning to sue over the false and highly damaging allegations which they broadcast.

'Obviously, as everyone will understand, I need to discuss this matter with my chairman, Phil Gartside, as well as my wife, before I take any final decision, since they both have an interest in this.

'Once the decision has been taken, I will make a further announcement. In the meantime, I will continue to concentrate on the job of managing Bolton Wanderers, which I am sure you will appreciate is my first priority.'