UK time is: 00:15:16
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Bolton: Jury Still Out on Megson

Bolton supporters are still undecided about whether the appointment of Gary Megson was a good idea. Most participants in a poll run on Vital Bolton hadn`t made their mind up about the Bolton manager. Initially there was much hostility to the 'Ginger Mourinho`, but attitudes softened after results appeared to improve. Now, after four defeats in the last six games, with the only win being a last gasp effort against bottom of the table Derby, doubts are once again being raised. That Wanderers fans are desperate for something to cheer is shown in the attitude to the result at Newcastle. A nil-nil draw to a side missing seven first teamers and who had lost four league games in a row culminating in a game in which they conceded six goals in 45 minutes, isn`t much of a cause for celebration, but that hasn`t stopped the Reebok faithful hailing it as a major triumph.

Megson has done some good things. The scouting network has been given a much needed over-haul and it`s pleasing to see that he doesn`t allow himself to be bullied by the media, in the way that Sammy Lee was. However, like Lee he appears able to identify problems with Bolton`s performances, without being able to rectify them. The defence is still soft and midfield lacks ideas. In addition he`s fallen into the Allardyce trap of sticking with his favourites no matter how they play, while fringe players are given only an occasional chance and are expected to shine immediately. As an exercise in man management, it isn`t good.

Much is being made of the January transfer window, especially now that Bolton, for once, have money to spend. Yet, with the exception of Portsmouth, a couple of seasons ago, signings made at this time rarely make a crucial difference.

Can the Wanderers survive? Even a betting man would save his money for a surer thing. Derby are doomed and things don`t look good for Fulham. Only two points separate the next six places. Sunderland, Wigan, Middlesbrough and Sunderland, all played well at the weekend, but only 'Boro secured a point (which would have been three had they taken any of their numerous chances.) Continue with those performances and that quartet have cause for optimism. Bolton meanwhile, have only their sterile hoof and hope game, which depends on set pieces and the opposition making a defensive mistake. It`s neither good to watch or effective. Megson, who came with a reputation for creating sides that play dour football, will have to do something different this time. The fans are right to hedge their bets.






Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Richard McCormick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday January 22 2008

Time: 1:20PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
Ridiculous - The guy has stepped up to the plate really well and should be winning fans over with some of the graft and effort being shown. Unless of course these very same fans are expecting a top 6 finish...Get real, you're Bolton!
DrWatford
Report Abuse
22/01/2008 13:25:00

Four of the last six matches lost. Out of the FA cup to a mid-table Championship side. One point above the relegation places. Awful football. Yeah, things are great.
Snout
Report Abuse
22/01/2008 14:01:00

Rubbish, Megson's doing fine.
Brighton White
Report Abuse
22/01/2008 14:56:00

So we haven't lost four of the last six games. And we're still in the FA cup. And we're not one point above the relegation zone. Thanks for clearing that up.
Snout
Report Abuse
22/01/2008 15:13:00

yep he has to really prove himself yet
ozanne park rangers
Report Abuse
24/01/2008 18:08:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Bolton Wanderers Articles

Ream Wins BWSA's Award (Friday April 24 2015)

Tierney Hangs Up His Boots (Friday April 24 2015)

BWFC: Panic Stations (Friday April 24 2015)

BWFC: The Next Brian Clough (Thursday April 23 2015)

BWFC: 'Sad' Goodbyes (Wednesday April 22 2015)

BWFC: The Texan (Wednesday April 22 2015)

BWFC: The Big Lad (Tuesday April 21 2015)

A Quick Message (Monday April 20 2015)

Archived Bolton Wanderers Articles

List All Vital Bolton Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
15. Leeds Utd 45 15 10 20 -11 55
16. Huddersfield 45 13 15 17 -17 54
17. Fulham 45 14 10 21 -19 52
18. Bolton 44 13 12 19 -9 51
19. Reading 44 12 11 21 -23 47
20. Brighton 45 10 16 19 -10 46
21. Rotherham 44 10 15 19 -22 45

Breaking League News

Match Report - Owls Suffer Loss To Leeds
Sheff Wed : 25/04/2015 23:10:00
Karanka defends decision
Middlesbrough : 25/04/2015 21:18:00
Neil: It Was The Turning Point
Norwich : 25/04/2015 21:17:01
Shattering blow for Boro
Middlesbrough : 25/04/2015 20:46:00
RUFC - Jordan Wants To Start
Rotherham : 25/04/2015 20:02:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Brentford MotM
Suggested By:  Site Staff
Bogdan 3%
Threlkeld 30%
Dervite 0%
McCarthy 3%
Moxey 3%
Ream 3%
Feeney 3%
Walker 3%
Coke 3%
Le Fondre 13%
Heskey 10%
Sub - Davies 26%
Sub - Gudjohnsen 0%
Sub - Janko 0%