Megson Regrets Bolton Reign Due to 'Horrendous' Fans

  • January 15, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Gary Megson says his tenure at Bolton was 'horrendous' and he regretted taking the job as manager due to the abuse he received from the club's supporters.

Megson was appointed Wanderers boss in October 2007, after leaving Leicester City to fill the void left by Sammy Lee's departure following a difficult start to the Premier League campaign.

He was sacked in December 2009, with the Trotters placed 18th in the top-flight, and after being asked to look back at his time at the Reebok Stadium, Megson said the sour relationship with fans made the job nigh on impossible.

"I didn't pick the team, I wasn't involved, but I actually signed for Bolton on the day they played Braga and I got booed coming out of the tunnel," Megson told Sheffield Live TV. "The honeymoon period was just non-existent.

"I've had two promotions to the Premier League and I would say I've done a good job everywhere I've been - Nottingham Forest I can't prove it because results were rubbish - but at Bolton I was really pleased and proud, although perhaps I shouldn't say that, of what I did there because there was no help from anybody there.

"Managing is difficult enough but managing under those circumstances for two years was horrendous.

"The first game that we won was Manchester United at home, but going into the game I parked my car up and this bloke's slaughtering my right in my face about not winning a game yet, but Bolton had won one out of 10 by the time I'd got there.

"I regretted taking them on because I thought they don't like me and I certainly don't like them, so I'll show it. I remember getting Manager of the Month and the PR people were saying it was a great opportunity to go out on the pitch, and I said 'stuff them'. They'd not helped me one little bit since I'd been at the football club and they'd not helped me get this Manager of the Month and I didn't want to do it.

"Looking back, it was the wrong thing to do. But it's difficult when you're stood getting booed and slaughtered by your own supporters all the time - even when it goes well, it should have gone better.

"I look back, and I still look at things now, and I had 'Big Sam did this and Big Sam did that'. He did a brilliant job for them but I didn't take over from Big Sam (Allardyce) - I took over from 'Little Sam' and they'd won one out of ten games, but they'd won four out of 26 when I got there. The place was in a complete mess.

"Then they say I spent a lot of money. I think, in total, I spent £17million because we had to sell before we could buy. I took the wage bill down £8million, the costs came down £2million a year and they stayed in the Premier League and I still get slaughtered."

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