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The amount of money spent and the poor quality side produced with it was my issue with Megson, Coyle spent roughly half the amount Megson did so expectations from me weren't so high.
In the relegation season, Coyle was told to sell the best player (Cahill) in the January transfer window which also reduced expectations somewhat.Our main rivals to avoid relegation, QPR spent around £20 million in the same window we sold our best player.
I think everybody agrees that Megson spent a great deal and what he bought was generally average but what alternative did he have?
The side desperately needed strengthening, he could only do it in January, and everybody knows players prices are at a premium in January.
He bought what he did when the market was at its highest - through no fault of his.
That's exactly what Allardyce, Pardew, Pulis, Redknapp and all the other managers appointed to keep clubs up just before the January window have done since and still do now.
Our problem as Bolton fans were that Allardyce had spoiled us by his innovative way of bringing in world class players on the cheap and we simply couldn't afford to replace Okocha, Djorkaeff, Hierro, Campo, etc like for like in one go, particularly in a January transfer window.
We were bound to get poorer players in comparison - and at vastly higher transfer fees.
Hardly Megson's fault or failing.
When interviewing people for a job, one of the things you are taught is never to base someone's interview on the previous person you have interviewed.
If you've just seen a candidate who was shit, then the next person will appear to you to be brilliant in comparison and there is a danger that you will over rate them because of this rather than see them for their own strengths and weaknesses. The same is true if you interview a brilliant candidate first, you may very well judge the next candidate in comparison a great deal poorer than they actually are.
Yes Allardyce was/is a fantastic manager and Megson looks shit in comparison - but I don't believe he is actually half as bad as many Bolton fans view him.
He's not as good as Allardyce certainly - but few are.