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Gary Megson admits he couldn't win over Bolton fans

12 Jan 2010 19:48:59

Gary Megson admits he couldn't win over Bolton fans

Unpopular: Bolton fans never warmed to Gary Megson despite keeping them in the Premier League Former Bolton manager Gary Megson has conceded the club's fans never liked him from day one.   Megson's unpopular two-year reign at the Reebok Stadium came to an end when he was sacked by the Wanderers hierarchy a fortnight ago.   Megson was booed when he was introduced to the crowd as Sammy Lee's successor ahead of a UEFA Cup tie against Braga in October 2007 - and things went downhill from there.   The 50-year-old told Sky Sports News: "Braga - it started from that point onwards and just continued for a long time.   "It made life difficult but there were some good times - not particularly with the supporters, but the staff, that I wouldn't swap for the world."   Megson's former assistant announced tonight he is also to leave Bolton after rejecting the chance to work under new manager Owen Coyle.   Coyle took charge of Bolton on Friday, taking up the reins from Evans who had served as caretaker boss following Megson's exit.   Evans, appointed by Megson shortly after his arrival at the Reebok Stadium in October 2007, at least managed to steer Bolton into the last 32 of the FA Cup with a 4-0 third-round win over Lincoln.   But despite being given the opportunity to work with Coyle, Evans has felt it in his best interests to part company with Bolton.   "Having been invited by Owen to discuss the possibility of a role in his newly-formed management team, I felt with due consideration that Owen, Bolton Wanderers and myself should start afresh," said Evans on Bolton's official website.   "I wish to place on record my sincere gratitude to the players and staff for the support I have been given over the past three seasons.  Protest: A Disgruntled Bolton fan holds up a banner during the 2-2 with Hull - Megson's last game in charge "I am particularly grateful to the chairman Phil Gartside, chief executive Allan Duckworth and Eddie Davies for their backing throughout.   "Gary Megson gave me a tremendous opportunity in becoming his assistant and to be part of this club, and I thank him wholeheartedly for that.   "I enjoyed every single moment here and I wish Owen, his management team and all at Bolton Wanderers continued success in the future."   Gartside expressed his gratitude to Evans for his time at the club.   "Chris was 100% committed to the cause of Bolton Wanderers and I want to place on record our thanks and great appreciation for all his efforts during his time at the football club," said Gartside.   Steve Wigley and Alan Cork, appointed in the summer of 2008 by Megson as head coach and assistant head coach respectively, have been relieved of  their duties.  It's not about the money: Coyle insists he had to leave Burnley for BoltonBrian Laws the surprise choice to replace Owen Coyle at Burnley


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