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The Final Nail in the Coffin?

Bolton travel to London to play Spurs on Sunday, with one manager looking down the barrel of a gun. Before the season started, most would have expected that to be Gary Megson, but with his side slumped at the bottom of the Premier League, it is Juande Ramos who is knocking on the doors of the last chance saloon. Spurs, guns and saloons. Can this preview contain anymore cowboy connotations?

Not that Megson is doing much better. His side lie just above the relegation zone and haven`t scored in half of their eight league games. It is this, coupled with Bolton`s long-established habit of handing a win to sides that haven`t had one for a while that makes Wanderers fans less confident than one might expect.

There is also the feeling that Tottenham are a fair bit better than their league position suggests. 'Spurs played well against Hull last week, even though they lost,` writes Mark Lawrenson in his ever reliable weekly prediction column. As ever Lawro is hopelessly confused. Hull was the week before. Spurs made enough chances but didn`t put any of them away. Getting rid of three proven goal scorers over the summer might have something to do with that.

At Stoke, the Londoners were the better side in the first half, despite being a man down. The second period told a different story as the home team turned up the heat and were met with a limp response. It is this which should give Bolton hope.

There is also the matter of zany comedy goalkeeper cum juggler, Heurelho Gomes. Brazilian stoppers are always eccentric, but Gomes takes that to a new level by being a danger to his own defenders. Just ask Vedran Corluka. If he`s out of hospital yet.

Both managers will be nervous ahead of this one. Bolton fans haven`t taken to Gary Megson. To hear him talk he sounds plausible, but that feeling disappears once his team takes the field. One wonders if he is trying and failing to get his message through to the players, or if he is simply saying the things that he thinks fans want to hear. Come away from White Hart Lane pointless and the posse that`s been preparing to run him out of town will be a few bodies bigger. However, if the Ginger One can marshal his men to a win, then Juande Ramos, will be the next occupant of football`s Boot Hill.

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Writer: Richard McCormick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday October 24 2008

Time: 11:34AM

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guaranteed win for you boys here
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24/10/2008 11:51:00

I would be very surprised if Ramos goes after Sunday, unless we got slaughtered, Daniel Levy has been away and I think the pivitol game will be next wednesday when we play arsenal at the emirates
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24/10/2008 12:45:00

i dont think spurs will panic and fire Ramos at this point. If they are still down at the bottom come xmas then it may be a different matter! i dont usually like playing teams when there on such a bad run as it is bound to change dramatically soon!
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24/10/2008 13:06:00

it all depends on the next couple of weeks, after you, we have arsenal (A) Liverpool (H) and Man City (A) meaning we could feasably get to 12 games well adrift at the bottom, can we afford to give a man who has struggled so badly another 8-10 games. I believe he could well be gone after arsenal, at least that would give the new man time to assess the squad before the window opens in jan.
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24/10/2008 14:06:00

Just noticed this on the Glory, Glory website 'Just had the early team news for this one. Looks like we are *****ed in defence. Woodgate (groin), Corluka (head), Huddlestone & King (knee), Pavlyuchenko (ankle) all doubtful. Bale & Dawson (banned).' Great for us if that's true.
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24/10/2008 14:38:00

I dont think you will sack him........I have a funny feeling he will away....and soon
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24/10/2008 14:38:00

Just need the Whites from Bolton to realise the Whites from White Hart Lane are there for the taking. Lets take them early with passion.
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24/10/2008 19:03:00

It'll be interesting to see what happends should it be a 0-0 draw, which in all fairness is likely!
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25/10/2008 11:27:00

You will score but in the Immortalwords of the song... We will score one more than you.... Wanderers win 2-1
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25/10/2008 22:31:00

Tottenham Hotspur have appointed Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp as their new manager after sacking coach Juande Ramos late on Saturday night. Spurs have agreed a compensation package of 5m with Portsmouth, according to the 61-year-old Redknapp. We will be too late ... No watch out for new manager syndrome..
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26/10/2008 10:31:00

hopefully nms lasts more than 1 game......sorry Bolton,you must have been thinking definite 3 points!!So relieved 2 finally win.....CL for sure now.......................(tongue firmly in cheek)
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27/10/2008 02:30:00


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