Sammy Lee Sacked by Bolton – Speed to Take Over?

Sammy Lee’s reign as Bolton manager is over with the Wanderers boss agreeing to leave the Reebok Stadium by mutual consent with the club. This was announced this morning by Bolton Chairman Phil Gartside.

Lee replaced the great Sam Allardyce last May, but his side have struggled this season, and are now second bottom of the Premier League after just one win and six defeats from their first nine games.


Big Sam and Little Sam on first day of the season at the Reebok, Newcastle won 3-1

Lee has also had to deal with many problems behind the scenes, and was in a power play with captain Kevin Nolan and player-coach Gary Speed recently, after a reported row over tactics and training methods. He dropped both players from the squad, which to us looked like a desperate move by the Bolton manager.

It has been a difficult task for Sam Allardyce’s former assistant manager to replace the big man at Bolton and rather a thankless task too. Sammy is a good man and a good coach, but it looks like the job overwhelmed him and he finally lost the support of some of the senior players at the club.

Announcing the news, a sad Bolton chairman Phil Gartside said this morning:

“This has been a difficult decision for all parties but we have agreed that the time is right.”

“Sammy has played an important role in the club’s recent history.”

“Our efforts will now be to look for a replacement manager and to concentrate on the future.”

It’s always sad when something like this happens because everybody really wanted Sammy to be successful and we’re sure Big Sam is as disappointed as anybody with these developments. Don’t be surprised if former Newcastle player Gary Speed gets the nod to at least take the job as player manager on a temporary basis.

Gary is highly regarded as a coach, and his career as a potential manager, once he retires from playing, looks to be very promising. There were hopes that Gary could even join Sam Allardyce at Newcastle in January, but if Gary gets the nod, it will be a great challenge for him and he will find it hard to resist. If it happens we wish Gary all the best.

But now the task has to be to keep Bolton in the Premier League – they are a club with a wonderful history of success and it would be sad to see them relegated. We remember vividly the 1958 FA Cup Final when they beat Manchester United 2-0 with both goals coming from the great Nat Lofthouse.

Manchester United had been decimated in February of that year with the terrible Munich Air disaster. A number of their players and staff had been killed on take-off following a refueling stop in Munich, after reaching the semi finals of the European Cup on the previous day. Twenty three of the 44 passengers on board the aircraft died in the disaster. Bobby Charlton and manager Matt Busby were two to survive the crash, and that particular FA Cup Final was a highly emotional one.

But back to the Bolton news today – and if Gary takes over we think he can do a great job at the Reebok, and certainly avoid relegation.

Comments welcome.

25 comments so far

  • yemozone

    Oct 17, 2007 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #1

    Dont know why it took too long

  • ToonKing

    Oct 17, 2007 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #2

    Little Sam ruined in 3 months what Big Sam had built in 9 years. Go hide Little Sam.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Oct 17, 2007 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #3

    can somebody confirm that england are kicking off at 4 today before i start ringing in work pulling a sicky? 😀

  • Cockney Magpie

    Oct 17, 2007 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #4

    it says they are on but jus wanted to make sure that werent a mistake

  • Howie

    Oct 17, 2007 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #5

    its at 4 cockneymagpie

  • Hammy

    Oct 17, 2007 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #6

    Hey, am I Physic or what?????? said this last week.
    o.k bloggers…free readings,
    just send large envelope full of cash to Hammy via Ed.

  • Hammy

    Oct 17, 2007 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #7

    Cockney Mag….you may well be feeling pretty ill come the end of the match…

  • Cockney Magpie

    Oct 17, 2007 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #8

    cheers howie

  • Arthur Prince

    Oct 17, 2007 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Well done Hammy . Here are a couple of Roubles . What is the score this afternoon and what position in the EPL do NUFC end up at . I expect a change of Blog name now to Psychic hammy.!!

  • Hammy

    Oct 17, 2007 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #10

    Big Sam……please do not start thinking about bringing little Sam to the toon please……no room for sympathy in football.

  • George

    Oct 17, 2007 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #11

    No sympathy for the little T***. He had so much to say and tried to put down big sam when he took over from him. he tried to say it was him and not sam who built the team. There is obviously something about ex liverpool players and their egos when becoming managers. (except KK)

  • rich

    Oct 17, 2007 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #12

    think Big Sam will try and entice Mr.Lee to a coaching/assistant role at the Toon???

    Id prefer to see Speed back with us though.

  • Hammy

    Oct 17, 2007 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #13

    O.K Arthur here goes…………England will draw 1-1, sorry my guide isn’t giving me the scorers, still get 7-1 at Corals though.

    The Toon will finish 5th,

    Owen will not be the Toon’s top goalscorer this term…… I know you did not ask that but Jim my guide says so….

    and Jim my guide also tells me you need some work done to your car Arthur and not to try and fix it yourself…..and you need a new toon sticker for the back wind shield.

    I need to go for a lie down now….I’m feeling drained……don’t forget the cash.

  • Bill f

    Oct 17, 2007 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #14

    Well done Hammy, perhaps you were Nostrodamus in a previous life, I don’t think any one else would have seen this coming. 🙂

  • Ed Harrison

    Oct 17, 2007 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #15

    Hammy – I like that 5th – that would be tremendous! 😀

  • bowsie

    Oct 17, 2007 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #16

    Appointing assistant-managers as coaches of clubs hardly ever works out. Gartside should be embarrassed by misunderstanding so completely how Bolton found success under Sam Allardyce. It was always going to be a tough task to take over from Sam, but Sammy Lee turned what should have been a mid-table slump into a perilous position at the bottom of the table.

    Imagine the incompetence of so underestimating how a style of football had kept you flying high for so long, and thinking you could change that ethos overnight while keeping results going.

  • Bill f

    Oct 17, 2007 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #17

    Ed. If you want a caption for pic. I offer

    Little Sam (bellowing) ANY CHANCE OF A JOB GUV.

    Big Sam. (To himself) Jesus it’s the little tw*t who wrecked my last team, I’ll pretend not to see him, he might go away.

  • bowsie

    Oct 17, 2007 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #18

    Little Sam: “Faye, don’t let him past you”.

    Big Sam: “Do it Faye, do it!”

  • steve

    Oct 17, 2007 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #19

    hardly a surprise – trying to make them play attractive football was always going to be tough – once he’d fallen out with the senior players job is impossible
    Should be easy for Speed to sort out though – i.e. revert to 4.3.3 and play in the same style BSA used
    Jeez – I’m a tactical genius maybe I should apply for the job

  • Craig Allen

    Oct 17, 2007 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #20

    Little Sam: “Taxi!”

    Big Sam “Stop the damn cab I’m not giving him a lift”

  • leo

    Oct 17, 2007 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #21

    please no little sam in our big castle

  • Arthur Prince

    Oct 17, 2007 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #22

    Psychic Hammy . Russia 2 England 1 . What happened to Jim your guide !! Ive lost out on 7 to 1!!

  • Hammy

    Oct 17, 2007 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #23

    Arthur, sorry mate……Jim came through and said that it wasn’t a penalty
    1-1 spirit side….???? anyhow he says you’d better check your car out and not to bother watching the highlights later on.

  • Bill f

    Oct 17, 2007 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #24

    Hope you didn’t have too much on it Arthur, tne moral there is never put your faith in spirit guides.

  • Hammy

    Oct 18, 2007 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #25

    Hi Bill……Jim isn’t usually wrong…. no seriously I have dabbled in that kind of thing and am convinced that something is afoot on the other side…..
    I’ll tell you more some other time.
    I’ll have to look into my England Championship 11, my main point was when did you last see an English player beat 3 players and score? I think they’ve had all their natural ability coached out of them and these days it’s all about systems and formations, and another thing how do you motivate someone with 3 porches, 2 stately homes, 5 employees and £3 million in the bank?
    I don’t know Bill as a footballing nation we are screwed.


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