Writer: Richard McCormick
Date:Sunday September 20 2009
Yes, he really did say that. Video repair shops in Bolton are expecting a brisk trade tomorrow as punters take in machines that have been damaged by continually pressing the rewind button.
'I don`t know, I`m not bothered,` pouted Wanderers boss, Gary Megson when asked if his team`s second half performance was enough to send the supporters home happy.
He went on to explain that his priorities lay in the dressing room, but the chances of that being disregarded are high.
Megson didn`t just fall into the trap laid by the interviewer. He leapt into it, with both feet, and arms raised shouting 'wahey!` as he went.
Not that it`s the first time he`s suffered from foot-in-mouth syndrome. The Ginger One described fans as 'pathetic` at Blackburn in January and then had to clarify that his remarks were intended only for those who had barracked him. This was at odds with his earlier statement that he regarded criticism as 'water off a duck`s back.` Tony Pulis doesn`t believe that.
'For whatever reason, there is an underlying factor that is nibbling away at Gary personally. He has to wash that away to get on with his job,` Stoke`s manager told the Sunday Express.
After Sam Allardyce`s big-I-am routine and Sammy Lee`s spluttering, Megson`s interviews were welcomed initially. Now he bears the weary countenance of an undertaker, trying to explain why the hearse has gone missing.
As we said at the time, his services should have been dispensed with at the end of last season, with thanks for the work he`s done in stabilising the club. By then it was clear that the best Bolton could hope for under his tenure was to grub about just above the relegation places, playing a style of football that saps the will to live.
The Reebok hierarchy were too short sighted to see that. After his latest outburst even they should realise that his position is untenable.
Date:Sunday September 20 2009
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