Bolton boss Sam Allardyce has dismissed speculation tipping him as a possible replacement for Newcastle manager Graeme Souness.

“I do not like being linked to a club where another manager is in the job,” Allardyce told the Bolton Evening News.

“It is unfair on me, it is unfair on this club and unfair on Graeme Souness. It just adds to the pressures,” he said.

“You cannot stop speculation when there is a vacancy, but speculation before anything has happened is completely out of order.”

Newspapers have suggested that Souness’ days at Newcastle are numbered, although he is admanat he will not quit.

“Let me make something perfectly clear, there is no chance of me resigning,” Souness told The Times.

Souness replaced Sir Bobby Robson in September 2004, although his failure to turn the club aroun has atracted criticism from supporters. Nonetheless, he believes he deserves more time, given the number of injuries he has suffered this season.

“I don’t think I’ve done anything wrong. I know that I’ve brought some very good players to this football club and I know that we’ve been desperately unlucky in terms of injuries but I’m sticking at it,” added Souness.

“We’ve had two operations in the space of a week – first Michael and then Scott – and if you look at the players we have got available at the moment, that tells you exactly where we are.”

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