Megson happy with Bolton record

Megson was sacked by Wanderers yesterday with the club in 18th

place in the Premier League but with two games in hand on most of

the teams around them. His relationship with the club’s supporters

was a troubled one from the start, but the former West Brom and

Nottingham Forest manager is confident his record at the Reebok

Stadium stands up to scrutiny and believes the club will survive in

the top flight. Quoted in several national newspapers, Megson said:

“Despite all the stick I seem to have been getting from Bolton

fans, I’ve been delighted that my peers and people who know

football seem to say that it’s gone okay since I’ve been there.

“But I don’t want to comment on the spectators. There are 10 clubs

in a battle at the bottom of the table, but the other nine aren’t

having to operate under the same conditions and circumstances we

were. “I’m bitterly disappointed to lose my job, but I don’t think

the decision is unfair. They’ve made it in the best interests for

the club. “The club has made the decision and I have to accept it.

You stand or fall by those decisions, but I hope Bolton can stay

up.” Former Wigan boss Paul Jewell has emerged as the favourite to

succeed Megson at the Reebok Stadium and was quoted yesterday at

odds of 7-2. Stoke assistant boss Peter Reid, a former Bolton

player, ex-Manchester City manager Mark Hughes and former

Peterborough chief Darren Ferguson are also among the contenders

for the job. Megson took over from Sammy Lee in October 2007,

lifting the club out of relegation danger to finish 16th in his

first season and managed a 13th-place finish in his only full

campaign with the club in 2008-09.