We mentioned yesterday there was unrest between Bolton manager Sammy Lee and former Newcastle midfielder Gary Speed when the Welshman was left out of the squad last Saturday for the home game with Chelsea, which Bolton lost 1-0.
Today Speed has been officially relieved of his coaching duties at the club and told to concentrate on his playing duties.
But we think this will only alert Sam Allardyce to the situation. As we mentioned yesterday donâ€™t be surprised if Speed ends up at Newcastle in a coaching (and even playing) position if this rift continues.
Gary Speed – relieved of coaching duties at Bolton – what next?
Manager Sammy Lee relieved the midfielder of his coaching responsibilities today and this seems to be an indication of the pressure Sammy is under at the Bolton club. To drop both your senior player (Speed) and captain Kevin Nolan, and not even have them in the squad, sounds to us like a power play by Lee. Obviously the two players did not agree with Sammy’s tactics and this is how he felt he had to deal with the matter – basically to silence them. Ever heard of the statement – it’s my way or the highway? That’s what Sammy seems to have done here.
The former Wales international was appointed first team coach alongside Ricky Sbragia and Jimmy Phillips shortly after Lee’s appointment, and at the time Speed was being quite strongly linked with Allardyce at Newcastle.
Bolton manager Sammy Lee said:
“I would like him to focus on his game at this moment in time. I don’t want anything to distract him.â€
“I want everybody – coaches and players – to be fully focused on their game.”
Weâ€™re not sure this will be the end of the matter, but as far as we are concerned getting Gary at the club as a coach and player for the rest of the season wouldnâ€™t be too bad at all. And if Barton is unsettled maybe Big Sam will also go after him, although we probably need a world class central midfielder if we are to bring another one to the club.
What do you think?
Let us know â€“ comments welcome.