Emerson rejected

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Sam Allardyce, the Bolton Wanderers manager, has ended the former Middlesbrough midfielder Emerson's hopes of a return to the Premiership, writes Alan Nixon.

Sam Allardyce, the Bolton Wanderers manager, has ended the former Middlesbrough midfielder Emerson's hopes of a return to the Premiership, writes Alan Nixon.

The Brazilian, who is looking for a club after quitting Rangers,will not be offered a deal at Bolton after he made one appearance in a friendly.

Allardyce will give the Dutchman Jordi Cruyff another chance to impress, against Radcliffe Borough today, and may also give the former Real Madrid defender Fernando Hierro a run-out.

Allardyce was yesterday fined £1,500 by the the Football Association for making comments about the referee following his team's defeat in last season's League Cup final.

Allardyce criticised referee Mike Riley for awarding Middlesbrough a penalty and said the official had compounded the error by failing to spot that Boudewijn Zenden touched the ball twice as he slipped while converting the spot-kick.

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