“The decision has been taken in the light of the position the club finds itself in the Barclays Premier League at the halfway point of the season. Assistant manager Chris Evans and first-team coach Steve Wigley will take charge of first-team matters for the interim period.” – A statement by Bolton.
Bolton fans will be rejoicing after the ginger Mourinho was finally removed by the Bolton board on Wednesday, the night after the Trotters threw away a 2-goal lead at home to Hull to leave the club in lowly 18th place in the Premier League. The table is somewhat misleading though as Bolton do have two games in hand on the sides directly above them.
Megson was rarely in vogue with his own fans, and the fractious nature of relationship between coach and the Bolton crowd was clearly in evidence on Tuesday night. After receiving a huge amount of flak for taking off striker Ivan Klasnic in an effort to hold onto a 2-1 lead, a plan that backfired, Megson failed to accept any criticism of his tactical decision after the full time whistle.
In what proved to be his last interview as the Bolton manager, Megson’s bitter feelings to the Bolton faithful can be clearly evidenced in post-match comments after the Hull game.
The video can be seen here.
We now wait for the usual names of Mark Hughes, Darren Ferguson and Alan Curbishley to be mentioned as the Trotters begin the search for a new manager.