Archive for July, 2011
The Bolton Wanderers official website has confirmed that winger Chung-Yong Lee is set to be sidelined for a minimum of 9 months after suffering a broken leg in a pre-season friendly against Newport County.
Lee has been a sensation at the Reebok since his £2.2million move from FC Seoul in 2009 and looked set for another starring role in the 2011/12 campaign.
A late challenge from midfielder Tom Miller brought Lee crashing to the floor in agony and immediate medical assistance was administered by paramedics. Lee’s leg was placed into a splint before he was stretchered off the pitch and taken to hospital in an ambulance.
X-rays confirmed the suspicions that the leg had been broken and surgery took place later in the evening. The club has confirmed that surgery was successful and so begins the long road to recovery.
Owen Coyle showed typical self-restraint and refused to comment about the tackle in his press statements after the game despite being clearly emotional. As you would expect of a manager that holds a strong personal bond with his players, he was keen to focus on the welfare and health of the young South Korean.
Speaking through the official website, Coyle said, “We will make sure Chung-yong gets all the support he needs, as now it is all about his recovery and well-being. That is the most important thing. The operation went well and we would like to pass on our thanks to the medical staff involved.”
Given the nature of the injury and the amount of time that Lee is set to be out of action, this is likely to have a significant effect on Coyle’s movement in the transfer market. Before the incident it was understood that Bolton were looking to bring in a new striker but Coyle may now need to add a replacement right winger to his shopping list.
We all wish Chungy the very best in his recovery and hope to see him in a white shirt sooner rather than later. Lee’s passionate yet humble approach to the game will be sorely missed at the Reebok this season.
Video of the highlights can be found here: http://youtu.be/8OJoWe8B2cw – the tackle can be seen at approx 3mins 20 seconds.
It’s been almost 1 and a half seasons since Owen Coyle took charge of the Whites, and you can’t dismiss the fact that the club has progressed much further under Coyle’s management than it did under the management of Gary Megson.
There are fans who still find it hard to let go of what happened between 2007 & 2009, some whom refer to these as ‘dark times’ for the club, however the appointment of Coyle was a breath of fresh air for the club and the fans.
Coyle came with a vision - to reach the heights and to get Bolton back up the table and become a regular top 10 team, and with what we witnessed last season we almost pulled off this feat. We played some great football – something that was missing for quite a while, and the warm club/family feel was back in the air – unlike the times whilst Megson was in charge – we were back!
Next season, this vision is one that can easily be reached. Majority of the fans are probably expecting us to claim a place in Europe during our next campaign, after the near miss we had last season.
Surely, OC has thought long and hard about what he’d like to achieve this forthcoming season, and our guess is that it won’t be too different to what the vision was during the last campaign.
How do you feel about this vision? What should OC be aiming for? Would Europe be on the cards for you?
We’ve had some great transfer activity over the last week or two. We were interested in signing Jeffren from European giants Barcelona – although that never came through, we signed former Swansea midfielder Darren Pratley on a free, Nigel Reo Coker on a free, Chris Eagles and Tyrone Mears from Coyle’s former club Burnley – and the best thing about the activity is that we’re still expecting more to come.
We’re still in the market for a striker (or two). Everyone knows that we need someone up front that can smack that ball into the net and provide us with that firepower we’ve lacked before and after Daniel Sturridge joined/left us. Owen Coyle has stated this morning that he’d like to sign 2 strikers with that killer instinct, and to provide some competition for Super Kev and Klasnic.
With the signings we’ve brought in, and we’ve only spent a mere £3m in the process, and you can’t complain – it has been a great transfer window for us so far. Surely with the amount of money we’ve spent, we should have enough for 2 decent strikers to help move the club forward?
Even though Coyle hasn’t stipulated that he has ended his pursuit of Jeffren, there is still a possibility of Bolton landing the tricky winger, and not to forget the never ending pursuit of Daniel Sturridge.
It’s going to be an interesting 2 weeks or so for the fans, with a guessing game being played to see who OC brings in to bolster the frontline.
Who do you think will be on OC’s wants list?
The Wanderers are now halfway through pre-season – they’re back from a successful trip to USA and this weekend saw a solid 4-1 victory against Bradford City. The next few weeks brings the remainder of the pre-season fixture list, continuing with Bury in midweek, and leads into the start of the new season on the 13th of August against QPR.
As the action on the pitch has started to hot up, so too has the movement in the transfer market and there are several new players to report about. Most notably, the Burnley FC official website has confirmed that a combined bid of £3million has been accepted for Chris Eagles and Tyrone Mears. Both players were brought to the club by Owen Coyle during his time with the Clarets and were entering the final year of their respective contracts. There has been no announcement from the club at our end but it appears that save for the pending medicals and personal contract terms, the pair look certain to join the Whites in the coming days.
Having regard to some of the fans forums there is some division over both of these players and it’s not too difficult to see why. Both of have been passed from pillar to post by clubs and neither have enjoyed a sustained period of playing topflight English football. That being said, some comfort can be found in their connection to the manager, the relative inexpensive of the transfer and that at last there will be some new fresh faces to add to our ever diminishing squad.
The sale of Matty Taylor has made the need for new players all the more pressing after he moved to West Ham this last week for an estimated £2.5million. In many ways Eagles is likely to be seen as his replacement and his younger, quicker and more skilful style might lend an extra certain something to competition for a place on either flank. Taylor’s pace had started to let him down and those left-footed specials did not materialise last year. It will be interesting to see how he gets on in the Championship. As a bonus his transfer fee will cover the majority the £3million fee for Mears and Eagles.
Nigel Reo-Coker is another name being thrown into the mix by a number of sources with many stating that the free agent has ventured up the M6 to have talks. On the fact of it that looks like another decent bit of business; a free transfer and experienced Premiership player. Interestingly enough though, now that we have Darren Pratley, who has looked extremely impressive in pre-season, there could be an argument that there is no real place in the team for Nigel and that we should be looking to other areas of the pitch to strengthen.
One such pressing concern is the need for a new striker – Elmander has gone, Ward has been sold and Sturridge and Rodrigo have returned to their parent clubs. All has gone quiet on the Jeffren front with no further reports in the press about the Barcelona attacker. Worryingly a newly rumoured target has emerged in the name of David N’Gog. The young Frenchman has been deemed surplus to requirements at Liverpool and King Kenny is keen to cash in on a number of players that are outside of his plans. Liverpool are said to have fixed a £6million price for N’gog and we’re supposedly sniffing around. Personally, I have never rated him at this level and fancy that at that price he would be a big gamble. Although he is only 22, 6ft 3 and has absolutely bags of pace – so there could be some hope for him under the guidance of St Owen. I just don’t think he’ll score enough goals. I certainly wouldn’t object to a loan deal but I would prefer that we explored other areas before parting with £6million for what could turn into Elmander Part Deux.
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We’ve been mingling with David Lee, and we’ve also talked to former Wanderer Greg Strong. This time it’s Julian Darby’s turn. Yes, THE Julian Darby, the ball boy who was seen celebrating from behind the goal when Frank Worthington scored that famous goal for Bolton against Ipswich Town back in 1979.
So, if you’ve missed the previous Voice Of Bolton Meets, why not have a look through our site and see if you can find them – that’s if they’re not already in the related posts (below). Now, on with the show.
Julian, the last time we talked you were at Nottingham Forest with Billy Davies. It’s been a while now since Billy left his post and you left the club. Hopefully, things are on the up for you. However, you spent 7 years at Bolton, you must have some fond memories of the club. Which memories stand out for you?
I think we go back to the ball boy days, the season’s in the late 70′s where your Frank Worthington’s, your Peter Reid’s and your Sam Allaryce’s, they were all playing some fantastic games back then. I also remember just before one Christmas when we played Manchester United and we beat them – I think it was 3-0, and that one was a big one as a supporter.
Since then I was lucky enough to live the dream and play for my home team, Bolton, you say I was there for 7 years – I was there for quite longer than that as I was there as a school boy, then an apprentice – and I’ve also been a supporter virtually all my life.
As a player, I played at Wembley a couple of times with Bolton in the ‘fake Rover’ back in ’89, and then we got beat by Tranmere back in 91 in the Playoff Final. We eventually got promoted with Bruce Rioch. It was fantastic as I was back in the team up front as Andy Walker had done his cruciate ligament and I was fortunate enough to get 4 goals towards the end of the season to help us get promotion.
Do you still see some of the players from back in the day?
Yes, I see one or two, obviously when I come to play at the Masters every year, I see the lads, it’s nice to see them. When I got to see the games – when I can, I try to get to the first team games – so I see some ex-players there as well.
Whilst at Bolton, you made 270 appearances and scored 36 goals. Which 3 goals are memorable for you?
Probably the one I scored at Wembley in 89, possibly the one I scored against Stoke City in the season we got promoted with Bruce Rioch, we won 1-0 and Stoke had gone up as Champions, we needed to win to go ahead of Port Vale and we then just needed something against Preston, our last game of the season – fortunately John McGinlay scored a penalty that day.
The next one, I’m probably struggling to think of another one after that.
Regardless of who you’ve already played for, if you could go back in time which team would you have loved to play your football for and why?
I only wanted to play for Bolton! I lived the dream and I was lucky enough to do that. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there.
Do you have any particular message for all Bolton fans?
Just get behind the team this year and hope you all have a fantastic season as you did last year under Coyley. I know they’ll be going for it again, Coyley – he’s a great bloke, he’ll give everything a 100% and I’m sure the players are right behind him.
Yes, this is a short one, but we only had a short while to hang around, plus Julian was eager to get back on the pitch – oh we didn’t mention that we caught up with Julian at the Masters back in June. Until the next Voice Of Bolton Meets, hope you all are having a good day!