September 28, 2009
I feel like it's very important that if you want to dole out criticism in an irresponsible and uninformed way, you should be able to admit when you've been wrong and take some criticism too. In the past I haven't always been 100% positive about the way Bolton have been playing under Gary Megson, but this week I feel like I'm in no position to criticise.
When the transfer window closed, I pointed out that it was vital for Bolton to bank some points in September because the fixtures in October were going to be brutal, and it's difficult to find fault right now after seven points from three tricky games and a plucky League Cup win at Upton Park. Whatever you think of Megson, (and plenty have had their say recently), the last three Premier League results are hard to argue with.
September 22, 2009
For some reason the biggest story to come out of Bolton game with Stoke this weekend wasn't Stoke's assured performance or Bolton's scrappy (and slightly fortuitous) point. Instead of anything that happened on the pitch the story has become about the fans, and specifically their attitude towards Gary Megson.
Bolton don't get a lot of media coverage. They suffer from being in the shadow of Manchester and Liverpool. They don't have many (arguably any) star players and they don't have a headline-grabbing manager any more. They don't get on TV because they're not popular among neutrals. It's not that the media hates little ole' Bolton, there's just not a lot of interest in them.
September 17, 2009
With the way Bolton's schedule is shaping up, Gary Megson absolutely had to get that result at Fratton Park. Anything less than three points last week would have been a disaster, regardless of what Megson (or Paul Hart) says.
It may not have been pretty - where have I heard that before? - and they may have profited from a fair bit of luck, but I'm sure Gary would say that he's more concerned with results right now rather than performances. Which is handy, because that was not an impressive performance.
September 3, 2009
With the window now closed, why don't we start with a clean slate? Let's just forget Lucas Leiva, Jozy Altidore, Steven Gerrard, Darren Bent and Phil Brown. It's September now, the Transfer Window is closed and the World Cup Qualifiers has given us a chance to take stock and catch our collective breath.
September's schedule looks particularly convenient for a manager who might need some results. Portsmouth (A), Stoke (H) and Birmingham (A) are perfect opportunities for Gary Megson to get this season rolling and hopefully raise some spirits before October (Spurs (H), Man Utd (A), Everton (H), Chelsea (H) - yikes).
September 1, 2009
This is dark desperate stuff. Autumn's coming, the price of oil is going to go up and people are getting themselves whipped into a frenzy over the coming winter - long, pitch-black nights followed by murky, rain-flecked days. Everyone is frantic, grabbing anything they think might be useful before the window is locked and bolted, even if it's nothing more useful than firewood. Which kinda leads me to Ivan Klasnic…
If you listen to the rumours and sketchy reports, Gary Megson has settled on Klasnic as the answer to his summer-long search for striking options. It seems impossible, but Gary Megson might just be putting together a deal that could make Johan Elmander look like a genius.