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Bolton sack Megson

December 30, 2009

An all too familiar sight at the Reebok this season

Bolton have ended Gary Megson’s two-year stint as manager after their midweek draw with Hull saw them fall into the relegation zone.

A statement on the club’s website said: “Gary Megson has been relieved of his duties as First Team Manager of Bolton Wanderers Football Club with immediate effect. 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.”

The sacking will be welcomed by the majority of Trotters’ fans, who had become increasingly disillusioned with Megson’s negativity and inability to get results.

On Tuesday, after watching his side let a two-goal lead slip at home to fellow strugglers Hull, Megson asked for more leeway from the fans. During the game, the fans booed his second-half substitutions and the team at the final whistle, and displayed banners calling for Megson to be sacked.

“It’s difficult for the players to be playing in that atmosphere,” said Megson. “Everyone has an opinion but mine has consequence, therefore it becomes a decision.”

Assistant Manager Chris Evans and First Team Coach Steve Wigley will take over temporarily. Former Manchester City and Blackburn boss Mark Hughes is the favourite to step in on a permanent basis.

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