Reebok reign over for boss Megson

The 50-year-old leaves the Reebok Stadium following Tuesday night’s

2-2 draw at home to Hull, which the Trotters had led 2-0. A club

statement read: “The decision has been taken in the light of the

position the club finds itself in the Premier League at the halfway

point of the season. “Assistant manager Chris Evans and first-team

coach Steve Wigley will take charge of first-team matters for the

interim period.” Megson’s departure is unlikely to be lamented by

the Bolton support. Even though he helped save the club from

relegation when he took over after an ill-fated stint by Sammy Lee

in 2007, the Trotters faithful have never warmed to a man dubbed

“the Ginger Mourinho”. Countless times he was forced to deflect

attention on himself away from the team, insisting the fan reaction

was not having an impact. But chairman Phil Gartside knew that

situation was unsustainable over the long-term and, after tossing

away a two-goal lead at the Reebok Stadium last night, has decided

to act. With an FA Cup tie at home to lowly Lincoln looming on

Saturday, followed by a Premier League trip to Arsenal next

Wednesday, it is not as if Bolton have any breathing space to take

stock. Evans and Wigley will take temporary charge, although

whether Gartside appoints either man on a full-time basis is open

to doubt given the disaster that unfolded when he appointed Lee

from Allardyce’s backroom team.