Gary Megson Factfile
1959: Born May 2, Manchester. 1994: Moves into coaching with Norwich after 18 years as a player with Plymouth, Everton, Nottingham Forest, Newcastle, Sheffield Wednesday and Manchester City as well as the Canaries. Works as assistant to manager John Deehan. 1995: Takes over as caretaker boss at Carrow Road following Deehan's departure but is unable to prevent the club's relegation from the Premiership. Revives his playing career with short spells at Shrewsbury and Lincoln before returning to Norwich as full-time boss following Martin O'Neill's departure. 1996: Takes manager's post at Blackpool after making way at Norwich for returning boss Mike Walker. 1997: Takes over at Stockport and steers them to eighth place in the First Division in his first season in charge. 1999: Moves on to the Stoke manager's job but stays in the position just four months due to disagreements with the board. 2000: Appointed West Brom manager towards end of 1999-2000 season and just keeps the club in the First Division. 2001: Guides the Baggies into the play-offs but the club are beaten by Bolton in the semi-finals. 2002: After reaching the quarter-finals of the FA Cup, Albion snatch the second automatic promotion spot in Division One ahead of rivals Wolves after a strong late run. Admits to having differences of opinion with chairman Paul Thompson and even suggests he could leave the club if the problems are not resolved. Thompson later steps down. July 25 - Signs new three-year deal to stay on at the club as they prepare to embark on their first season in the Premiership. 2003: April - Albion are relegated from the Premiership. 2004: April 24 - West Brom's return to the top flight is confirmed. October 26 - Relieved of duties by West Brom hours after revealing he intended to leave the club at the end of his contract in summer 2005. 2005: January 10 - Confirmed as new manager of Nottingham Forest. 2006: February 16 - Resigns as Forest manager after failing to halt the club's relegation to the third tier and making a poor start to their campaign for promotion. 2007 June: Takes a coaching role at Stoke. September 13: Appointed Leicester manager, replacing Martin Allen. October 24: Leicester give Megson permission to talk to Premier League side Bolton, having already rebuffed two approaches from the Trotters. October 25: Bolton announce Megson's appointment on a two-and-a-half-year contract, taking over from Sammy Lee with the club bottom of the Premier League. January: Sells Nicolas Anelka to Chelsea. February: Guides Bolton to a 1-0 aggregate win over Atletico Madrid to reach last 16 of UEFA Cup for first time in club's history. Wanderers lose in the next round to Sporting Lisbon. May: Bolton finish 16th in the Premier League to beat the drop by a point. June: Buys Johan Elmander for around £8million from Toulouse. 2009 - March 1: Confirms he has finally signed a 12-month rolling contract 16 months after arriving. May: Bolton finish 13th in the Premier League. December 30: Sacked by Bolton a day after a 2-2 draw at home to Hull which left Wanderers third bottom of the Premier League.
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