Posts tagged ‘Marc Iles’
With the official announcement yesterday from the club, and to the relief of many Wanderers fans, Dougie Freedman is now the next Wanderers boss.
Questions have been asked over the last few days about Jimmy Phillips & Co’s future with the first team once the former Palace boss was confirmed by the club. It has been reported by The Bolton News that it looks certain Freedman will bring with him a few of his backroom staff, mainly Lawrence and Fleming, but our good friend Marc Iles also believes that Jimmy & Co’s involvement with the first team won’t come to an end anytime soon.
Lawrence and Fleming, although are now the focus of the next phase of Freedman’s appointment, will be taking charge of Palace’s weekend game against Leicester City. We certainly hope Jimmy & Co get to remain with first team duties, as this can only benefit the club and the first team.
Yes, we have to agree we miss those beloved match days but after having such a horrendous season, we decided to take a week or so off in order to just chill out and enjoy life a little more. Although we’re still enjoying ourselves in the sun – which has been long overdue, we need to catch up a little bit with ongoings related to our beloved team.
Adidas To Design Next Bolton Strip
There has been quite a bit of activity on the scene and unless you’ve locked yourself in solitary confinement – you cannot have missed out the biggest news out of the Reebok offices. Bolton have moved their kit agreement from Reebok over the Adidas *Cue acronym jokes!?!*.
Although last season’s shirts were ‘quite’ nice, we have over the last few years have had to deal with some horrible designs. With Adidas now producing the goods, we’re hoping the those creative executives will design something that will make us go all gooey and want to run off to our local sports store to buy a shirt, and maybe shorts for the ‘warmer weather’ – and possibly socks!
A quick bump on the excellent article ‘Davies looks back on his partners in crime’ – written by Marc Iles (The Bolton News):
WHETHER it be scribbled by Owen Coyle, Gary Megson, Sammy Lee or Sam Allardyce, the first name on the team-sheet has remained exactly the same.
For nearly a decade of changing line-ups and playing styles, Kevin Davies has been the man called upon to spearhead the Wanderers front line. Alongside Jussi Jaaskelainen, the Bolton skipper has started in each of the club’s last eight opening-day fixtures and is in line to do so for a ninth time against QPR at Loftus Road next weekend.
Davies has seen them all come and go at the Reebok, surviving changes at the top and differing styles out on the pitch, but his selfless contribution has also brought out the best in many of his playing partners.
Speaking with the Bolton News, the 34-year-old Wanderers skipper runs the rule over some of the strike stars he has played alongside.
For the full article, visit The Bolton News’ website.
Marc Iles from The Bolton News (or Bolton Evening News as i’m sure everyone still calls it) has reported rather amazingly that Owen Coyle refuses, or at least caps, the amount of financial backing in the market offered to him by Big Phil Gartside.
The article centres on Coyle’s most recent comments surrounding his desire to bring in more signings before the start of the season, but ultimately that he likes to be responsible with the money at his disposal and not pay over the odds for players. He has even had to decline the encouragement of the chairman, who has been willing to stump up the necessary funds to make deals happen. Personally, I had expected that OC would have been begging for all the cash he could get his hands on, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.
This is certainly excellent fiscal management and although that’s not necessarily what you want to hear as a fan during the summer, you can’t help but appreciate that Coyle knows the club and he knows it suffered some dark financial days before getting to where it is now. Even with that thrifty philosophy, few can have any complaints with the business done by OC since his arrival.
Interestingly, a thinly veiled criticism of Gary Megson’s tenure and approach to signings was noted. In particular, when asked about making an Elmander-esque landmark signing he said – “You never say never, but the way I would usually go about things, I wouldn’t spend 11 million Euros on a player in his late twenties”.
Clearly, Coyle hasn’t enjoyed the unenviable task of chopping out much of the deadwood left over by Sammy Lee and Gary Megson, and being forced to undergo an end-of-season overhaul of the first team staff. That being said, the team looks much fresher and better for it. Coyle has recognised that the lack of competition did for us at the tail end of the season, and the new lads offer a new sense of spirit and fight, particularly in the middle of the park.
For once as a Bolton fan it looks like we could be making moves for players all the way up to deadline day and it will be well worth keeping your eyes peeled for the latest breaking news. I’m going to stick my neck out and guestimate 3 more signings – 1 striker and 2 loans. What do you think? (comments below)
It looks like Ricardo Gardner has finally made up his mind about whether he’s staying or going.
Fellow Bolton reporter, Marc Iles has covered an exclusive story, which you can read in The Bolton News today, revealing that Bibi wants to see his career out with the Wanderers by rejecting a lucrative offer to sign for West Ham.
This has for us come to a surprise as we had predicted Gardner would be one of many which may move on to find first team opportunities elsewhere. However with his family all settled in Bolton, and of course he’s not getting any younger – the decision to move down south and possibly relocating may have been one of a few reasons behind his decision.
For full details on the story – don’t forget to check out the exclusive by Marc in today’s paper.
Edit: Since writing this post, Marc has published the exclusive on The Bolton News’ website.