Megson Defends Bolton Record

  • August 15, 2010 | By Chris Mann
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Former Bolton boss Gary Megson has spoken about the job he did at the club and defended his record prior to his dismissal last December.

Megson was sacked following a 2-2 draw with Hull City late last year, with Owen Coyle announced as his successor less than a fortnight afterwards.

After taking over the managerial reigns from Sammy Lee in October 2007, Megson believes he did the job asked of him and was disappointed at the decision to relieve him of his duties.

"A few years ago you had teams trying to get into the Champions League, others whose goal was to qualify for Europe and then teams who were happy to stay in the division," Megson told Sky Sports' Goals on Sunday.

"I think it's now changed to two groups, and there are a lot more teams this season who'll be happy just to stay up.

"When I came to Bolton I was apparently given the job because I was the best man for bringing clubs back into the Premier league from the Championship, but we managed to stay up.

"The year after we used 15 players who were registered to the club and two loans, and we managed to finish 13th or something.

"And last year when I lost my job we had six points from 12 with three games in hand. So while people say 'it didn't go so well', I feel it was improving."

Following the departure of Sam Allardyce and subsequent disappointment during Lee's short stay, Megson admits the club was in turmoil, but believes he turned things round for the better and long-term stability of Bolton as a top-flight outfit.

"When Bolton got promoted in 2001 they just stayed up in the first year, gradually built it up and signed better and better players," Megson said. "It takes a bit of time.

"Unless you go into one of the real big clubs and say 'this is what we want to do and we can do it in two windows', you have to take it one step at a time. And you're not going to get every single one right.

"When I first arrived I took over from Sammy Lee and the club was in a right mess - not just on the field. It needed sorting out right the way through.

"I think people within the club would look upon it as a success that we stayed in the Premier League and were looking to take the club forward."

Megson was placed on a 12 month period of gardening leave following his dismissal. He won just 27 of his 98 games in charge at the Reebok Stadium, drawing 26 and losing 45.

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