Vital Football

Latest Bolton Wanderers News

The Final Nail in the Coffin?

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.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Richard McCormick
Date:Friday October 24 2008
Time: 11:34AM

Comments

0
guaranteed win for you boys here
ScottDaYid
24/10/2008 11:51:00
0
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
oxfordspur
24/10/2008 12:45:00
0
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!
badreligion
24/10/2008 13:06:00
0
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.
oxfordspur
24/10/2008 14:06:00
0
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.
Snout
24/10/2008 14:38:00
0
I dont think you will sack him........I have a funny feeling he will leave...quit.....run away....and soon
lincolnblue
24/10/2008 14:38:00
0
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.
tomog
24/10/2008 19:03:00
0
It'll be interesting to see what happends should it be a 0-0 draw, which in all fairness is likely!
Boxer
25/10/2008 11:27:00
0
You will score but in the Immortalwords of the song... We will score one more than you.... Wanderers win 2-1
tomog
25/10/2008 22:31:00
0
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..
tomog
26/10/2008 10:31:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Bolton Wanderers Articles

League One 2016/17 Golden Boot Battle (27/3/17)

With most playing 39 League One games in the 2016/17 season, this year could still see a few players break the 20 goal mark.

March Vital Bolton POTM Nominations

Vote for your Player of the Month

Bolton Win At Shrewsbury

Second half goals from Mark Beevers and Adam Le Fondre, coupled with draws for Sheffield United and Fleetwood, handed Bolton a massive advantage in the race for automatic promotion, and whisper it, just four points off the Blades. It had been a tricky first half away to Shrewsbury, but those two goals in the second half managed to get us the three points and a clean sheet. It could come at a price though, as all three substitutions were made because of injuries.

We got through the first h

Stats: Shrewsbury Town v Bolton Wanderers

All the stats from Shrewsbury Town (0) vs (2) Bolton Wanderers, New Meadow, 25 March Att: 7,532

Archived Vital Bolton Articles

Vital Bolton articles from

Site Journalists

Anthony Hart
Editor email
Profile
Tom Bevington
no email
Profile
Tom Jenkins
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

March Player of the Month
Suggested By:
Mark BEEVERS0%
Adam LE FONDRE4%
Filipe MORAIS96%
David WHEATER0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Sheff Utd 39 23 10 6 79 30
2 Bolton 39 22 9 8 75 28
3 Fleetwood 39 19 12 8 69 19
4 Scunthorpe 40 19 10 11 67 21
5 Bradford 40 16 18 6 66 15
6 Southend 39 17 12 10 63 13
7 Millwall 38 16 12 10 60 8
8 Rochdale 38 16 9 13 57 6
9 Bristol Rovers 40 15 12 13 57 -1
10 Oxford 39 16 8 15 56 5
11 Peterborough 40 15 10 15 55 1
12 Walsall 39 13 14 12 53 -2
13 Wimbledon 39 12 15 12 51 1
14 Northampton 40 14 8 18 50 -6
15 MK Dons 39 12 12 15 48 -1
16 Charlton 39 10 17 12 47 3
17 Bury 40 12 10 18 46 -7
18 Oldham 40 10 15 15 45 -12
19 Gillingham 40 11 12 17 45 -17
20 Shrewsbury 39 11 10 18 43 -14
21 Port Vale 38 10 12 16 42 -17
22 Swindon 40 10 9 21 39 -18
23 Chesterfield 40 8 9 23 33 -28
24 Coventry 40 7 11 22 32 -27
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Bolton Wanderers Results (view all)

Bolton Wanderers Fixtures (view all)

Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Chesterfield (H)
Sky Bet League One
Apr 4 2017 7:45PM : Southend United (a)
Sky Bet League One
Apr 8 2017 3:00PM : Scunthorpe United (a)
Sky Bet League One
Apr 15 2017 12:30PM : Oldham Athletic (a)
Sky Bet League One
Apr 18 2017 8:00PM : Bury (H)
Sky Bet League One
Apr 22 2017 3:00PM : Port Vale (a)
Sky Bet League One

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.El Cynico17
2.Barney Grumble7
3.Vital Bolton4
Vital Football Comment