Bolton Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside is reported in the Mirror this morning as being absolutely furious with Sam Allardyce about Newcastle’s raid on the Lancashire club’s back-room staff.
We’ll take a look at this situation but it’s hardly surprising and shows the impact Sam had at Bolton while he was there – plus his team building and bond-building capabilities.
Gartside and Allardyce at Bolton
Sam Allardyce plans to recruit almost a third of the staff he put together at Bolton over the last eight years â€“ and you can bet they are the best third of that staff. Most of Sam’s targets have reportedly handed their notice in over the last few days. It does look as though all this was agreed some time ago â€“ to be put into action once pre-season training got under way.
Having had some practical experience of this at IBM – when key and well liked executives leave â€“ they usually take their major lieutenants with them to the new company. While it obviously makes the previous company angry â€“ there’s really not much they can do about it â€“ although there have been some renowned law cases that have emanated from some of these moves.
Unluckily for Bolton it shows how Allardyce was the major mover and shaker at Bolton and his strong and persuasive personality that oversaw the Lancashire club for eight years will make it difficult for new manager Sammy Lee next season. It will also – as we are seeing – make it difficult for Chairman Gartside. One reason it is thought that Sam did eventually leave Bolton was that he felt unappreciated for all the great work he had carried out at the club.
Phil Gartside is apparently raging at the mass defection, which comes despite talk of a “hands off” agreement with Allardyce, who quit as Bolton manager in April and signed on at Newcastle in mid-May. Two of the most publicized defections are Mark Taylor â€“ Head of Sports Science and Medicine – and Mike Forde the Performance Director. Both are expected to take up these positions in the next few says at Newcastle.
These are the things that happen when managers change clubs and while it is great for the Magpies – you can appreciate it is annoying to both Bolton management and their fans. Unfortunately that’s how things are in business – and we all know football is now a business – a huge global business in fact.
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