What’s Eating Bolton’s Phil Gartside?


It’s happened all through the summer, ever since Sam resigned from his Bolton position a few games before the end of the season.

His former Chairman Phil Gartside, who used to sit next to Sam during the Bolton games, has continually criticized Allardyce and has tried to re-write history at Bolton by saying Sam didn’t do all that much at the club.

He’s got to be kidding.

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Phil Gartside and Sam Allardyce

This is what Sam said over the weekend after he heard Gartside had again taken a swipe at him prior to the Newcastle game, by saying it was good to get away from the boring game Sam played:

“He (Gartside) has being saying an awful lot about Sam Allardyce, but Sam Allardyce has moved on,”

“I left this football club in a very, very healthy state – the best it has ever been.

“He believes I’ve done certain things that I haven’t. He’s obsessed by it and he should know better. Life moves on.”

“I brought him great success, so I don’t know how he can make those comments.”

“For me, actions spoke louder than words today – we’ve played them off the park and won the game and that says everything to me.”

Well that was some boring football in the first 45 minutes at the Reebok on Saturday wasn’t it? as Newcastle tore Bolton apart. If Gartside was worried about what would happen to the Bolton team once Allardyce left, he got an uncomfortable glimpse during the first half on Saturday. Newcastle completely outplayed Bolton in every department. It was a no-contest and if it had been a boxing match it would have been stopped.

To Bolton’s credit they came back well in the second half and tried to make a match of it – but the game had already been won. We think Phil’s stress is twofold, one is that Sam chose to leave the club and has left a vacuum there, and two – he wonders if they can now survive, without the giant personality of Big Sam around.

We’re sure the Bolton fans will not agree with that – but it’s got to be a worry especially after how they played on Saturday – and that was at home.

If Gartside rubbishes a manager like Sam Allardyce, who did a great job for the club – what would he say about someone who was unsuccessful? Gartside would best be advised to keep quiet – because he comes across as being very immature – and it does nothing for him or Bolton Wanderers – a club who have a great history.

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12 comments so far

  • Hammy

    Aug 13, 2007 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #1

    Gartside is boiling because he knows he’s lost one of the best managers in the league, he lacks class and most the Bolton fans must be wondering what he is rambling on about….sorry Trotters but “this time next year…….” you’ll be kicking off in the Championship.
    p.s ANYBODY SEE THE ODDS OF 33/1 ON SKY’S WEBSITE FOR THE TOON TO BE TOP AFTER 10 GAMES….WE DON’T PLAY ANY OF THE TOP TEAMS…COME ON BOYS FILL YER BOOTS!!!

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  • Hammy

    Aug 13, 2007 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #2

    Not that I advocate gambling in any shape or form kids…….

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  • Ross

    Aug 13, 2007 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #3

    33/1 isnt a bad shout at all. im praying for consistency, but im pretty sure big sam can get it out of us! looking forward to villa 😀
    As for Gartside constantly running his mouth, i think sam gave the perfect response, in the way his team spoke within the first 30 minutes of the match, along with his comments afterwards.
    its pretty clear Gartside along with alot of bolton fans are absolutly gutted about the fact sam has gone, and they’re all just displaying incredibly bitter feelings in an attempt to cover it.
    all pretty immature.
    but like big sam said, you move on to pastures new. a bigger better club to manage, bringing even greater success.
    😀

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  • Tito

    Aug 13, 2007 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #4

    Gartside is bitter. In short.

    Gutted and scared to face the Toons, knowingly well they will lose. Little Sam is nothing but the scrapgoat.

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  • rich

    Aug 13, 2007 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #5

    were bolton in the prem before big sam? no….

    its like saying Geoff Hurst did nothing for England…. or Pele did nothing for Brazil, or Maradonna did nothing for Argentina… need i go on?

    Phil Gartside is just illustrating how much of a muppet he really is… potential managers will be put off me thinks…

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  • Kash

    Aug 13, 2007 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #6

    They couldn’t afford to get a decent manager so they appointed Sammy Lee, FACT! Now Sammy is a very fine coach, but untested as a manager, and at PL level Bolton may pay for that. Gartside knows this and he’s pooing his pants at the thought of possibly being relegated.

    Did anyone notuce how the Bolton defence looked so shakey against us? BSA’s not there to organise them and drill them, and even Faye was a far distant memory from the impressive colossus which he was last season!

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  • chris

    Aug 13, 2007 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #7

    Phil Gartside has made a rod for his own back. I,ve posted a link and I hope it works. You don’t have to read the whole report but at the bottom there’s posts from Bolton fans and they’re far from happy. Have a look.

    http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/wanderers/wanderersnews/display.var.1612922.0.chairman_calls_truce_with_big_sam.php

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  • Keep Oba

    Aug 13, 2007 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #8

    thanks for the link Chris…I like the idiot near the bottom who claimed Bolton was possibly outplaying Newcastle due to more time possession and shots on target. Time possession is a nearly useless stat without watching the game for some context…(like the ManU-Reading game which was 0-0 but alll ManU, there you can see who dominated) But when one team goes up 3-0 in the first 27′ then of course the other team will have the ball more if the winning team decides to call back some of the horses…as for the shots, the only real ones that count are the ones that go over the goal line, but alot of those Bolton second half shots were of pure desporation…I remember one of their “shots” that missed so badly it became a throw-in instead of a goal kick, although I believe that was in the first half. But almost all of those Bolton comments were pretty sober headed. Fortunately I really have no love for Bolton and wouldnt mind if they went down in a year or two. Boring kits, boring stadium, boring logo and now their one true face is head of the team is with us now.

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  • hadrian

    Aug 13, 2007 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #9

    seems pretty obvious big sam knew he was walking into the toon job .. no?
    thats the way i looked at the events that transpired at the end of last season .
    sam knew the newcastle job was there waiting for him when he left bolton to ‘have a holiday’ .
    not that i care how he ended up here , just glad he is here .

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  • Ed Harrison

    Aug 13, 2007 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #10

    Big Sam and Phil Gartside will probably make up – that’s good – it does absolutely nobody any good. Sure Phil is a worried man about Bolton – i would be.

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  • Markus

    Aug 13, 2007 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #11

    I thought Big Sam was lining himself up for the Man City job rather than the Toon when he announced he was leaving Bolton.

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  • Rich

    Aug 13, 2007 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #12

    @ ED

    I think he will be alot more worried, Skysports news just reported Kevin Davies is out for 6 weeks and Vaz Te is buggered as well!!!!

    i think its butt clenching time for boltons fans.

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