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Bolton Wanderers: Not Yet Un-Coyled



Good evening everyone. Apologies for the fairly late edition, but there's been a celebration in the Parklar household and I'm drunk on Martinis and Argentinian steak. Without any further ado, let's get down to it.

I'm proper sick of this. I've discovered hobbies that I didn't know I had in my attempts to forget about our already disastrous first season back in the npower Championship. Our attempts to achieve two points per game have been futile, and hit a brand new, cold and hard low on Saturday afternoon.

To be honest with all of you, I've only watched the highlights on that shoddy late night highlights programme, and so I can only give you my reaction and not my analysis of the game. What I am certain of is that we should be beating puny little nothing clubs like Millwall without a shed of effort and a second thought.

I am probably with everyone when I imagined that the headlines this morning would read 'Bolton Un-Coyled' or some rubbish like that. I did expect the man to go. And with his dismissal, there would be feelings of great sadness. What Owen did in his short spell as a player played a major part in the foundations of our relative success under Big Sam Allardyce. The man also saved us from relegation just after the Megson era and provided us with almost a season of some of the finest football the Premier League has ever seen. I know that I'm a slave to hyperbole but that football stood up hairs on the back of my neck and made me proud to be a Bolton fan again. Yes, it didn't last, and the last 18 months have been awful, but I've never got to the point where I dislike Owen Coyle. If he had left he would have gone with my condolences and an offer of an Iron Brew in the bar of his choice. Wherever sells Iron Brew; can anyone think of such a place?

The fact is; he hasn't been dismissed. And despite the fact that both me and Quentin pride ourselves that Vital hasn't called for a managers' head during our tenure, I feel I can speak for both of us when I say he has to improve dramatically and immediately if he is to avoid the sack.

Moving onto matters independent of our sport but also so prevalent in football; Marvin Sordell has accused Millwall fans of racially abusing him and other members of the Bolton bench. This is disgusting. As so well wrote in yesterday's editorial for The Guardian, only racists and intellectual Neanderthals cannot see why adopting a zero tolerance of racism is the only way forward. As someone who recently put reported racist abuse to the police but got nowhere, I hope Marv gets the thugs.

Right, it's beddy bohs. Quentin will supply you with an opinion far less influenced by Vermouth tomorrow. See ya Wednesday.
The Journalist

Writer: AlParklar Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 8 2012

Time: 11:29PM

Your Comments

I repeat my comments from last article... 5 CLEAN SHEETS IN 60 LEAGUE GAMES (now 61)thats 1 in 12 thats relegation from the premier league and mid Table at best in the championship....Like Coyle...the kind of guy you want to go to the pub with have a drink...Although he's T total...However starting to lose faith in him but more importantly the team behind him Sandy Stewart et al..never see them get off the bench...they just sit there one with a note pad the other with a scour...The under 21 squad seems to lose as regularly as the first team..only David Lee and Tony Kelly seem to be bringing success to the Club..If Coyle is to stay he needs a strong Number 2...Harry redknapp had Joe Jordon...Morinho Steve clark etc etc perhaps Sammy lee needs to step up to help coyle...just a thought...
lewis265
living in Australia, especially now with Bolton in the Championship, I am very reliant on the reports from websites such as yours; and being an analytical person I have always taken the reports with a pinch of salt. However, two weeks ago I managed to attend the Birmingham game and what I saw brought me to the conclusion that I should be more believing of your reports. What I saw at Birmingham was a disjointed team, Kevin Davies was flat footed and lacked pace; the left side of defence was non-existent; Alonso's performance was very patchy; Knight touch on the ball was poor and he appeared to not want the ball, continuously directing the ball to be played to anyone but himself, even when he was the only player in space; when going forward, which at times they did well, there was no indication that a goal was going to be scored, highlighted by the fact the only Bolton goal came from a free kick, which was my highlight of the game. From what I saw Bolton will be lucky to make the top half of the league this year. Like many others I celebrated Megson going and Coyle arriving but for a while now have been questioning Coyles tactics and more importantly his team selection; I get the impression that he feels the eventual reintroduction of Holden will solve all his problems, I disagree. In my time I have seen Bolton go from the Second to the First division and all down to Fourth and back up but this is the most despondent I have felt in all that time. I have never called for a manager to be sacked, (no, not even Megson) but I feel that given the team we have, with many fewer injuries that last season, we definitely should be doing better and maybe a new manager could improve our position. Anyway sorry for the disjointed rant but I am trying to type this without my manager catching me. Quentin, thanks for all the excellent posts and I shall be more trusting of you in the future.
rafew
living in Australia, especially now with Bolton in the Championship, I am very reliant on the reports from websites such as yours; and being an analytical person I have always taken the reports with a pinch of salt. However, two weeks ago I managed to attend the Birmingham game and what I saw brought me to the conclusion that I should be more believing of your reports. What I saw at Birmingham was a disjointed team, Kevin Davies was flat footed and lacked pace; the left side of defence was non-existent; Alonso's performance was very patchy; Knight touch on the ball was poor and he appeared to not want the ball, continuously directing the ball to be played to anyone but himself, even when he was the only player in space; when going forward, which at times they did well, there was no indication that a goal was going to be scored, highlighted by the fact the only Bolton goal came from a free kick, which was my highlight of the game. From what I saw Bolton will be lucky to make the top half of the league this year. Like many others I celebrated Megson going and Coyle arriving but for a while now have been questioning Coyles tactics and more importantly his team selection; I get the impression that he feels the eventual reintroduction of Holden will solve all his problems, I disagree. In my time I have seen Bolton go from the Second to the First division and all down to Fourth and back up but this is the most despondent I have felt in all that time. I have never called for a manager to be sacked, (no, not even Megson) but I feel that given the team we have, with many fewer injuries that last season, we definitely should be doing better and maybe a new manager could improve our position. Anyway sorry for the disjointed rant but I am trying to type this without my manager catching me. Quentin, thanks for all the excellent posts and I shall be more trusting of you in the future.
rafew
As I have repeatedly stated for over a year success or failure in football management comes down to results and performance, it should never be personalised. The cold hard facts clearly show the team, as representative of the manager, have failed dramatically, if Gartside and Eddie Davies want the club to challenge for promotion they must change the manager, nothing more needs to be said
aussie mike
Coyle is not the only problem. The man who chose him and the two failures before him will choose the next manager. That man failed to get extra money for Sam and effectively lost us the best manager we had. The same man gave millions to the last manager (I still cannot bear to say his name). The same man loaned out our best goalkeeper and then sold him for peanuts. The same man ............. He is the main problem. For goodness sake Eddie and the Board! Grow some cojones and GET RID! The other problem is the quality of most of the players we have now. They are not even good enough for league One! Three problems which only a good owner and board can fix! God help Bolton Wanderers. I think only He can quite frankly. We have fallen so far in such a short time. Disgrace.
Pedro1874
Just heard O.C. gone. Sorry in one way because he was a nice man but unfortunately he had run out of ideas and excuses.
norjoy
So, there he was, gone! Mike, the tap did get turned back on!
FredMadagascar
We are Un-Coyled. I'm sure he'll be back somewhere sooner rather than later and I hope his career sees a fightback like the one he started here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zXec-Czwd0 Au revoir, Owen. Thank you for 2010, good luck, and please please please stick to pass-and-move wherever you end up.
robmoss2k
So, there he was, gone! Mike, the tap did get turned back on!
FredMadagascar
 

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