When Sam Allardyce signed on as manager of Newcastle United in May, there was a lot of speculation about who would accompany him to Tyneside to be part of his coaching staff.
One person prominently mentioned was Gary Speed, our former midfield star, who had worked with Big Sam at Bolton for 3 years and thinks heâ€™s the best manager heâ€™s ever played for.
Speed didnâ€™t end up at Newcastle but instead signed on at Bolton as a first team coach with Sammy Lee. But Gary is now having some problems at Bolton on the coaching side – read on.
Gary Speed – great professional and excellent up and coming coach
It turns out that Speed was left out of the first team squad last Saturday for their 1-0 home defeat by Chelsea. Gary has had meetings with Sammy Lee this week and it appears they disagree on the tactics of the team.
Bolton are currently second bottom of the league just above Derby County on goal difference, and have just 5 points from their first 9 games. Bolton chairman, Phil Gartside, is expected to be involved in meetings this week to work out the conflict between the two men, along with Speed’s agent, Hayden Evans.
Weâ€™ll keep an eye on the situation, because at some time in the future donâ€™t be surprised if Gary ends up as a coach at Newcastle. He is well thought of at Newcastle and played around 213 times for Newcastle scoring 29 goals and has now played about 115 games for Bolton over the last 3 seasons scoring 14 goals. He is very well thought of also as a coach, and the common view on him is that he’s got everything to be a very successful coach in the future.
He is also very good friends with Alan Shearer should Alan ever take over the Newcastle manager job, after Big Sam has dragged us back into the top bunch of clubs in England. We would expect that will be at least 5 years for a successful scenario with Big Sam, which is what we fully expect. Gary had previously agreed an extension to his contract a few weeks back that would have promoted him to assistant manager at Bolton, but it’s unclear whether that offer is still available.
If Bolton donâ€™t improve their fortunes rather quickly, donâ€™t be at all surprised if Lee is replaced by Gartside, in an attempt to keep Bolton in the Premiership. Gary Speed could then find himself as player-manager at Bolton. Lee has taken a good team from Big Sam, changed tactics, and sent the team down to the depths of the Premiership. Needing more time is a request (or excuse) that only has limited viability, as the season progresses and results don’t improve.Â Gary could well get the call to save Bolton in the not too distant future.