Has Big Sam got the big boot on the other foot now?
Trips to the Reebok Stadium aren't usually kind to Newcastle United.
Reeling off the list of defeats at Bolton in the past few years is too depressing to kick the new season off, so instead, picture this.
Newcastle United winning at Bolton and beating them at their own game in their own backyard.
Judging by Newcastle's promising pre-season programme, it doesn't look like Allardyce intends giving it the big boot.
But he has also said since coming as boss that he will play horses for courses and if the need arises, try to beat the opposition at their own game.
Yes, we'd all love to see pretty football but surely pussyfooting about with the ball and not winning isn't the way forward.
I have to admit watching Bolton whack the ball into the solar system was awful to watch.
But that was when you are on the recieving end, and besides with different players at his disposal at St James' Park, there is no guarantee Newcastle United will be a carbon copy of Bolton Wanderers.
Yet for one afternoon only, it would be sweet as a nut if Bolton fans got a taste of the type of football inflicted on the long suffering Toon Army down the years at Reebok way.
Moving on and it looks like Kieron Dyer will be back in the squad at Bolton and the old debate of booing is bound to cause friction in the black and white end.
Dyer's move to West Ham failed in dramatic circumstances but not for the first time in his career he has to pick himself up off the floor and pull on a black and white shirt and simply do the job he is paid for.
In his last game for the club at Watford he scored but didn't celebrate and if United win and Dyer scores and doesn't show any emotion now, who cares really what he does?
Anyway enough about Dyer, the trip to the Reebok is all about Newcastle United and the vibes that Big Sam is giving at the moment suggest, he is heading there with only victory on his mind.