A penalty equalizer from Matt Taylor spared Bolton from a 1-0 loss to Stoke City yesterday, with a listless first half showing by Wanderers earning considerable groans from those in attendance at the Reebok Stadium. “It does not get through to me as I’ve had it two years,” insists Bolton manager Gary Megson, adding, however, “It does not help the players one bit.” VitalFootballCo begins packing Megson’s bags for him, opining, “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.”
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.
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.