It was always going to happen wasn’t it – after a brief cameo of a reign – Little Sammy Lee has left Bolton – after all his pitiful points tally of 5 measly points from 9 games was pretty shocking. A friend once told us “never trust a man who talks too fast” – and Sammy always rattled of sentences at a rate of a million a minute. The Sun (as always) describes it with its own inimitable class saying that the Bolton empire was “Built by Sam, KO’d by Sammy”. The now ex-Bolton manager had problems on the pitch – drawing with three point gift merchants Derby County and slipping into the relegation quicksand – as well as some difficulties off it , with Gary Speed quitting as coach after being ignominiously dumped from the squad to face Chelsea, and star player Kevin Nolan being dropped after a series of disputes with Lee.
Chairman Phil Gartside spouted the expected stuff to Bolton’s official website saying :
“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. We wish Sammy and Frank well for the future.Our efforts will now be to look for a replacement manager and to concentrate on the future.”
Paul Jewell and ex-Fulham boss Chris Coleman are believed to be jostling for position below Phil Gartside’s window, ready to serenade him with tales of their managerial potential.