Allardyce: Fans forced Megson out

Megson was sacked on Wednesday after a 2-2 draw with Hull on

Tuesday night left Wanderers 18th in the Premier League table.

Megson has endured a rocky relationship with the club’s fans almost

from the moment he was appointed manager in October 2007 and was

roundly booed during the match at the Reebok Stadium. By contrast,

Allardyce could not have been more popular with supporters

throughout his hugely successful eight-year stint at Bolton, and

the Blackburn boss believes that fan power has proved ultimately

decisive in Megson’s fate. “Unfortunately for Gary, the fans

wouldn’t quite take to him – they didn’t quite endear themselves to

him and they always felt there was something they disagreed with,

no matter what he seemed to do,” Allardyce said. “I always think

that’s a very unfortunate situation because in the end, if your

fans decide that they don’t like you then you’ve got very little

chance of keeping your job, no matter how good you are. “I think

the fans definitely are a factor in whether the manager stays or

goes. “Inevitably, if the fans continue to be disgruntled it will

always have an effect on bosses and whether it helps you stay in a

job.” Allardyce expressed his disappointment after seeing both

Megson and Alan Irvine, who was axed as Preston manager earlier

this week, removed from their respective posts in the north-west in

quick succession. “It’s particularly harsh at the moment,”

Allardyce said. “When you’re in the job, you always think you

should be given a little longer but obviously both sets of bosses

believe they are going the wrong way and want to do something about

it. “Whether it’s the right thing to do only time will tell. But

I’m particularly disappointed for Alan and Gary and the only thing

they can hope is that the clubs settle their contracts properly and

let them move on with their lives.” Blackburn are currently only

three points better off than Bolton in 13th and Allardyce admitted

the Trotters should not be singled out as a crisis club. “It’s no

more worrying (there) than it is for ourselves or anybody else in

that bottom 10,” Allardyce said. “Bolton have two games in hand, so

win the two games in hand and they are above us and we are in that

predicament. “It is not an easy league at this time of the year

when more than half of the season has gone by. “You generally don’t

have as tight a bottom end as we’ve got at the moment and it is a

worry for us all.”