Trotters boss sticks to his guns
Megson was reported to have become embroiled in a dressing-room bust-up with Jlloyd Samuel during a half-time rant at his players in the 2-1 defeat at Wolves nine days ago. Megson has confirmed an exchange of views took place with Samuel, but suggestions of anything more than that have been slammed as "scurrilous", with the manager convinced they have come from someone he feels is intent on rocking the boat. Asked whether the informant was someone within club and whether any disciplinary action would be taken, Megson replied: "That's my problem." Megson, though, will always make his views known to his players whether it upsets them or not. "I'm the first to praise the players when they do something right, and the first to have a go when it's not right," said Megson. "I will say what I think, and if somebody does something wrong, I will say something about it. "If they (the players) have an issue, then I don't mind anybody coming back to me and disagreeing." It has emerged Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger gave his players a dressing-down during the interval of their game at Liverpool, sparking a 2-1 victory from a 1-0 deficit. Megson believes such treatment is required from time to time, and that will never change. "Sometimes you do what's needed, and if that's what is required to lift the level then you do it, if not then you do something else," added Megson ahead of Tuesday's crunch showdown at home to West Ham. "But it's been going on since the game started, and it will keep going on." Megson feels suggestions of a spat with Samuel have been designed to undermine him at a time when he and Bolton are fighting for their lives in the Premier League. Former England manager Steve McClaren has been linked with a move to Bolton, if Megson moves on. Megson said: "What went on with Jlloyd at Wolves was a professional thing in terms of an incident I saw on the pitch on which I was proven right. "Jlloyd didn't think I was right, but he was shown a DVD of it at the time, and I was proven to be right. End of story. Finished. "I feel I've every right to say what I feel; Jlloyd has his right to say what he feels, as does everybody else. "It happened again on Saturday against Manchester City. I had a go at one of our players I thought should be doing better, and it will happen again tomorrow against West Ham. "But I've no problem with Jlloyd, I've no problems with any player, and they've no problem with me." Megson insists the story managed to get into the public domain "for a reason" and that it was leaked "on purpose". "I was disappointed when I saw it, but I'm not surprised at where it's come from," remarked Megson. "I know who has put it in there, I know why it was put in there, and no good can come from c**p like that. "The stuff that was in it, most of it was scurrilous, was deemed to cause problems, but it wasn't true. "There was a load of rubbish in it, and I'm trying to see if there is anything I can do about it. "Whether I want to do anything about it, I'm not sure, but the advice I'm getting is you have to judge comment from where it comes. "At the end of the day it's nothing to do with Bolton, nothing to do with football. "It won't make any great difference, certainly not to myself, and if there are any people out there thick enough to believe in those kind of things, then fine." Megson is without Gavin McCann for the visit of the Hammers due to a knee injury, while Ricardo Gardner is struggling with illness. Ivan Klasnic, the two-goal hero against City, is available despite limping off late on with a hip problem.