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Megson axed as Bolton boss

Premier League Bolton Wanderers
by hujambo_hello (U14156479) 30 December 2009
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BOLTON boss Gary Megson has been sacked this morning, ending his two-year reign at the Reebok.

Megson was called in for an early morning meeting with chairman Phil Gartside where he was told his tenure was over.

Assisitant Manager Chris Evans and First Team Coach Steve Wigley will take charge of first team matters for the interim period.

Former Wanderers striker Owen Coyle now in charge of Burnley will be the fans choice to replace Megson.

Another possibility is asking former Burnden Park favourite Peter Reid to take the reins until the end of the season.

Megson is the 26th manager to leave an English Football League club this season.

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posted Dec 31, 2009

Completely different scenario- Fergie had a proven track record not only in Scotland but Europe.Megson had a poor track record in lower division teams prior to his appointment to Bolton and so i was very hard for fans to understand the thinking behind other than presuming it was the cheapest option so in some respects Gartside has to shoulder the blame for hiring him in the first place. Megson achieved his primary goal ensuring safety but his next goal of consolidation wasn't really met and little if any progress had been made in the following 18 months, which is ample time to show some kind of improvement

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posted Jan 2, 2010

ANCELOTTERI

im hoping you got the joke mate

if not then ive lost all hope...
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Don't lose hope! I got it, hence the spitting out of beer.

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posted Jan 2, 2010

Wade Elliotts Sock (Just the Right one!) (U13776872)

A sound comment. Well said.

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posted Jan 2, 2010

think you lot are a disgrace you never gave the guy a chance 2 seasons he kept you cloggers up and you reward that by booing him and a team you say you support? im glad my team bury dnt have fans as fickle as you.your a championship club punching above your weight hope you lot get relegated.

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posted Jan 2, 2010

im glad my team bury

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Bury? You have a football team there, over in black puddin' land? Well I never ... laugh

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posted Jan 2, 2010

Bolton have the same right to be in the top flight as anyone else???? Don't make me laugh. The teams that deserve to be in the top flight are those that get the points. If by getting the points the team plays unattractive, uninventive garbage, then there will come a time when they will go down - as they will be found out. It's been shown time and time again and hopefully Bolton will now get their just deserves. I'm quite glad for Megson not to be associated with a club with such lack of ambition, and whose ideal Europe campaign would involve a Peter Kay video and a budget airline. Sums up the town.

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posted Jan 2, 2010

The teams that deserve to be in the top flight are those that get the points.

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"If by getting the points the team plays unattractive, uninventive garbage, then there will come a time when they will go down"

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"I'm quite glad for Megson not to be associated with a club with such lack of ambition"

You're so confused bless you doh

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posted Jan 5, 2010

Unfortunatly and unfairly in my opinion, Gary Megson was never given a fair roll of the dice at Bolton Wanderers. Not knowing the full story, I have had to try and read in between the lines to try and uncover why Megson was so unwanted with the majority of Bolton's loyal supporters. Having had a wealth of previous managerial experience with the likes of Nottingham Forest and West Bromwich Albion, he had a proven track record of over achieving with relatively small clubs.

No disrespect to Wanderers but given that they are a fairly unfashionable club working on a shoe string budge, they were never going to be able to appoint a high class, high profile European manager who could come in and over night single handedly change the fortunes of the Lancashire based club. I am a firm believer in that if Megson was accepted by the fans and given time to prove his credentials, then he could have been a big success.

Wanting to stamp his own authority on the club by bringing in his own players and playing his own style of football, he had an uphill battle from the start. Why? Because he would always have been compared to Big Sam and this is the problem that they have and continue to have had until they can move away from those lofty heights. There was no doubt that with the purchase of established and seasoned campaigners such as Campo, Okocho, Hierro and Djorkieff that Allardyce overachieved and they have been stuck in a rut ever since.

Appointing Sammy Lee was a mistake and they need a bold manager to come in who has broad enough shoulders to be able to take the flak on the chin without in effecting in. The new manager should do his talking on the pitch and you feel that it needs to be an appointment that the fans will be happy with. In my mind, that is the only way that they can progress forward as a football club in terms of player quality and staff .

It seems that it has been built up in the media that Owen Coyle is this person, the saviour who can take Bolton back to where they want to be. I am sorry but it would be a massive mistake appointing Coyle. Gartside needs to understand that just because he was a massive influence as a player all those years ago, it does not mean it will succesfully translate onto the managerial side. He will struggle and he think he should stay at Turf Moor with Burnley.

My new Bolton Wanderers manager? Look no further than Alan Curbishley. He is your man.

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posted Jan 5, 2010

I am sorry but it would be a massive mistake appointing Coyle. Gartside needs to understand that just because he was a massive influence as a player all those years ago, it does not mean it will succesfully translate onto the managerial side
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What planet have you been on for the last 2 years? doh Owen Coyle has proved his managerial credentials, by taking a small club like Burnley into the Prem, and playing the sort of football that has has belied the fact that they have a squad budget about a quarter the size of Bolton's ( and that's not much money in anyone's book .. )

Megson only continued to prove that he can't cut it in the Prem, and that the many fans at every club he's ever been at, who were bored sh*tless by his consistently negative tactics, were right to want shut of him ...

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posted Jan 5, 2010

Those who compare the Megson situation to the tendency in football not to give managers time in the job (usually giving the example of Sir Alex Ferguson at Man Utd) fail to take into account the unique circumstances at Bolton - it wasn't the board who wanted Megson out, as is usually the case when the 'he wasn't given enough time' line is used, it was the fans!

Any manager of a club where there is a sizeable number of fans who are disappointed that their club scores a late equaliser has absolutely no chance. There has to be a belief among a majority of fans that the man in charge is actually good enough, and that was never the case with Megson. Not only did he have to follow Big Sam, who produced a side which consistently punched above their weight, but he already had something of a reputation as a journeyman manager - the name 'Gary Megson never inspired hope or confidence in the fans, and it was obvious that any dip in form for an extended period was going to lead to a situation like this, where those who had always been primed to get Megson out would make their frustrations evident - when it got to the level it did, the board effectively had no choice but to sack him. Sad, but undoubtebly true.

Owen Coyle would definetely be my choice as next manager, although I'm very surprised that he is considering taking the job, given what he has built at Burnley - their fans absolutely adore him and the feeling seems to be mutual; this will be a massive decision for him, but he could definetely be the man who takes Bolton to the next level should he decide to take it on.

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