Time for Bolton Chairman Gartside to Move On

Bolton Wanderers Chairman Phil Gartside has fired yet another broadside at Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce.

Dublin born Gartside is angry at Allardyce for Sam supposedly going back on their agreement not to take any of the Reebok back-room staff.

Phil is insisting those employees now serve out 12 months’ notice at Bolton.  Let’s see what’s going on here.


Allardyce and Gartside

Sammy Lee is supposedly putting together a new back-room staff at Bolton and recruiting a bunch of new people. Chairman Gartside claims they will make Wanderers more professional than they were under Sam Allardyce.

Gartside told the Bolton News yesterday:

“I’m trying to get people who wanted contracts with 12 months’ notice to work their notice,”

“If that makes me sad and bitter, then so be it. But people have gone and there was an agreement that he shouldn’t take them with him.

“Far from making things difficult, we’re finding it quite easy to replace them with better quality people.

They will make us a much more professional outfit.”

That bit about replacing them with better quality people seems as bit childish. A word in the ear of Bolton’s Chairman – you’re starting to look childish and even a touch immature. We’d advise you to give it up – and the same goes for Sam.

Gartside should be putting his energy into making Bolton a better team – just like Sam Allardyce is putting his efforts into making Newcastle a better team. It’s obvious that Allardyce’s resignation at Bolton was hard to take for the Bolton club – but life goes on – and we think it’s definitely time for Phil Gartside to move on – and put an end to this back-biting with Sam Allardyce.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Hammy

    Jul 6, 2007 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #1

    Gartside is obviously loosing his grip on reality….”Mutiny on the Bounty” springs to mind. He is seeing his best men slip through his fingers…..and he is getting desperate. I doubt if old Sammy has the nous to keep them in the premiership so I suggest we offer Gary Speed some sought of role at the club just to push Gartside over the edge.

  • Tony_D

    Jul 6, 2007 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #2

    If it is so easy to replace them with “better people” then why complain about them leaving?

    Even if people do work out their 12 month notice they won’t be working to their best ability as they don’t want to be there.

    Get over it and get a life.

  • Josh - BWFC

    Jul 6, 2007 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #3

    I believe that Allardyce has done wrong and has betrayed his old club and supporters. Any respect he had from me has disappeared as he has gone back on his word and he will only do the same to Newcastle once a bigger job comes in – Manchester United perhaps? No disrespect to the Toon as i am very fond of the club.

  • Tim Rigby

    Jul 6, 2007 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #4

    Sam Allardyce, did a very good job at bolton, albeit the football was dire. He did, however, take us to a new level. I would warn you, having said that, that his ultimate motivator is money, look at the saga with his son the agent. He is also it would appear dishonest, i was aware that he had agreed not to take the club staff and it appears he did so anyway. Had he not done that I would have wished him all the best, Newcastle is a bigger club and an immense proffessional challenge. One last thing for gods sake take a book or something with you to the game once you are one nil up at home or at nil nil away you will need it.

  • Campo

    Jul 6, 2007 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #5

    You have all fallen into the Gartside trap well done!!

    Little Sammy is quietly going about his business leaving Gartside to get on with the job of unsettling the Bungman at Newcastle.

    You will soon learn that Fat Sam is a media whore who shoves his potato head in front of any camera and microphone he can find. But were as the Bungman will rant and rave, our Chairman is getting a few subtle digs in.

    Look at the facts, our manager is getting on with pre-season preparations were as yours is getting distracted in a slanging match with his former employer!!

  • AndyT

    Jul 6, 2007 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #6

    Sam might have had an agrement not to take anyone with him, but unless Gartside had also agreed with the rest of his staff not to go then there’s stuff all he can do other than make them work their notice. Sam let Newcastle know the roles he wanted to get people into at Newcastle, the jobs were advertised – if staff from Bolton applied for them tough for Gartside.
    Lets look at the business accumen of his statements.
    Several of his staff have handed in their notice. He has replaced them with better people. Instead of ensuring that the people who have resigned are moved out of the club quickly and no further expenditure is wasted on them – he is going to spend a years wages on each and make them come to work in a job they no longer want. Either the bit about replacing them with better staff is utter rubish, making Gartside a liar, or he’s wasting money that could be used to improve the squad on retaining people who will give no additional benifit to the club and wont be there in 12 months, which would make him stupid. Personally I dont think hes stupid – but to have a liar talking about a gentlemans agreement makes me laugh. At least he has the honesty to admit that he is sad and bitter.

  • Shalom (Wolves)

    Jul 6, 2007 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #7

    Where the money is , Sam Allardyce follows. Newcastle fans, when something more lucrative turns up, he’ll be off. Enjoy!

  • the london sage

    Jul 6, 2007 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #8

    Gartside gave Sam a 10 year contract and let him get on with it.He said he didn’t see any point in Sam going elsewhere except for the England job.Sam said he would retire at the end of his 10 year deal,in 2 years time.
    Sam then left clearly with Newcastle lined up so Gartside is very unhappy-I would be too.
    Then the staff who are leaving are the ones who asked for 12 month notice periods(using Sam’s possible England appointment I suspect as their leverage) and now they want to go to Newcastle-you can’t have it both ways so rightfully they have to stick to theor notice period.
    Its 2 blokes who want the last word.Our chairman doesn’t say much so when he does its supposed to be to emphasise a point

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 6, 2007 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #9

    Campo – 😀

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 6, 2007 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #10

    London sage – Gartside has every right to keep them to their contracts – but in my experience it never rally works – because they don’t want to be there etc – and usually the best thing for the company – Bolton WFC in this case – is to let them go – but i take your point.

  • Keep Oba

    Jul 6, 2007 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #11

    Big Sam gave Bolton everything he had over the years. Without him where would Bolton ever be? We will now see them hanging on to their Premiership status in stead of finishing in the top half. BSA could only play the “lets find something out of nothing” game for so long. I dont blame him for wanting to see what he could do with some actual money. Bolton is just angry cause they see the writing on the wall that they have been overachieving for years now and it will be a rocky fall down the table. Hang on tight wanderers.

  • Big Bri

    Jul 6, 2007 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #12

    If “BSA” could only play the “let’s find something out of nothing” game for so long, I expect he’ll do a Reginald Perrin impersonation with your lot before Father Christmas comes.

    Even if he does do a job for you, someone above will knock him back and then he’ll do a Keegan.

    You lot all go on about how superior you are to Bolton, yet we’re all you ever seem to want to talk about.

    You could put Captain Kirk at the healm of the Titanic.

    It’s still the Titanic.

  • Ed Harrison

    Jul 6, 2007 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #13

    Big Bri – we are expecting great things next season – not just with Sam – but with real businessmen at the helm – Ashley and Mort – for the first time for a long term. Not sure we think we’re superior – but we do want to be successful – not much wrong there. 😀

  • DZ Adams

    Jul 7, 2007 at 6:09 AM

    Comment #14

    get one of the Sayers to knock him out

  • DZ Adams

    Jul 7, 2007 at 6:14 AM

    Comment #15

    Bri you sound like Gartside,I hope you do well against Leeds next year.

  • Campo

    Jul 9, 2007 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #16

    So to use Fat Sam’s own words “I need 5 years”!

    Are you success craved barcoders happy to wait 5 years?


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