Davies targets Trotters testimonial

The 33-year-old is now into his eighth season at the Reebok

Stadium, having moved north to join a side managed by Sam Allardyce

from Southampton in 2003. Davies has become a cult hero at the club

and when Kevin Nolan quit for Newcastle two years ago he took over

the captain’s armband. His combative style may not appeal to

everyone but Bolton boss Owen Coyle has nothing but praise for the

Sheffield-born player and there is no sign of his powers waning

just yet and he will reach 10 years’ service in 2013 to qualify for

a testimonial. “Let’s hope I stay that long,” Davies told ESPN. “I

get a bit of stick from the lads about getting a new contract every

year. “But I love the club and I love the town. It has been a big

part of my life for eight years. “It has been a great time in my

career and I have really enjoyed it.” Allardyce was lauded for the

close unit he created at Bolton and the success the club enjoyed

but Davies revealed he enjoys a closer relationship with Coyle than

he has done with any manager he has played under. “A day or two

before he came into the job, he rang me on the Saturday and

expressed what he wanted,” said Davies. “He has always had a close

relationship with his captain. He still trains with us now.” Coyle

enjoys training because it gives him the opportunity to feed off

Davies’ robust talents, just as he would have loved to do during

his own playing days. Unfortunately, those talents tend to be

spotted more by England’s top referees than the national manager.

Despite coming close a couple of times, Davies has now abandoned

any hope of pulling on an England shirt. After serving a suspension

already this season following five bookings in his first six games,

he is more concerned about staying out of trouble. “I am always due

to get a suspension given the way I play but this year it has come

earlier than I would have liked,” he said. “I have to be a little

bit careful now. “If I get to 10 I will miss a couple of games so I

have to quieten down. “But a lot of them are for clumsy tackles, so

maybe I am getting a bit too old.”