Jussi: Fans Never Took To Megson

  • May 14, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Jussi Jaaskelainen believes Gary Megson's poor relationship with the Bolton fans was the reason he was sacked in December.

Megson was sacked following a 2-2 draw with Hull City at the end of 2009, a game which Wanderers had led 2-0.

Opinion of the former Trotters boss was poor amongst the terraces and Jaaskelainen believes the poor atmosphere that it brought was the main reason for his dismissal.

"The Hull game was the low point," Jaaskelainen told The Bolton News.

"We drew the game 2-2 after being 2-0 up. He made a couple of changes at 2-1 and we were still cruising - but suddenly everything turned.

"It wasn't very nice but if that's what the fans want, that's what they will do. That's why they come and pay and we have to respect them.

"But that was a key point for getting a new manager. Gary Megson was never suitable to the fans and that was why we got a new manager.

"The fans are happy now and that's the key thing and gives the players the confidence to enjoy their football. Since the new manager came in, the players have had confidence and he gets the best out of them. He knows how to manage players."

Jaaskelainen was an ever-present in the Premier League last season, playing 90 minutes in all games under both Megson and Coyle respectively.

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