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This article first appeared in MEHSTG Vol 2. Issue 33 - August 2003
is something bizarre happening at the Reebok Stadium.
Towards the end of last season, their manager believed that he
was some sort of psychological genius … trying to psyche out every
opponent that he came across.
With Spurs, it was the fact that he believed there was something very wrong happening behind the scenes at White Hart Lane. Now, you would have thought that he had enough on his plate at Bolton to occupy his mind, without having to delve into the imagined problems that our club have. However, his perception failed to go any deeper than that and reveal exactly what the trouble was.
And his marvellous insight worked.
Yes, Spurs played right into his hands and lost out to a 90th
minute penalty. What
meticulous planning. Even
to the extent that Tottenham dominated the game in the first half and
had a shot cleared off the line.
It’s not that this was the end of
Bolton’s egotism !! There
are rumours that they want to sign Guardiola and Bergkamp, but the best
came in their reported interest in Chelsea’s young keeper Rhys Evans,
who was released at the end of the season.
A club spokesman denied that they would follow through their
pursuit of the England Under-21 keeper, because “Big Sam has ended his
interest” in the player.
What the hell is all that about ?? “Big” implies presence (which he might have as he blocks
out the sun if you stand the wrong side of him) and some sort of
standing in the game. Does
he wear a Fedora hat and smoke big cigars to make him like “Big Mal”
(Malcolm Allison) ?? Is it
“Big” because of the size of his mouth ??
DO they call him “big” because they run around him in
pre-season training to get fit (it’s a long way you know) ??
Is it “Big” and clever ??
None of these.
It must have related to the overblown
importance he thinks he has. His
side of foreign imports stayed up and full credit to them for doing so. I feel that little of it had anything to do with the manager.
Even the crowd played more of a big part than this buffoon, whose
side conceded so many late goals, that they came out of games with big
disappointments. Big names
to not flock to the Reebok. Big
reputations are not made there. It
is a big jump from Division One to the Premiership and by staying in it,
you do well, but the real test is how big you are in making progress to
the next level. Some of the
promoted clubs do this and strike it big, some settle for the big relief
of 17th place.
If Allardyce’s name was “Ed”, his
prefix would have fitted nicely. It
can only pertain to his shape, as there is nothing big about him or his
club. The small minded conduct during Tottenham’s interest in
Michael Ricketts showed that and while, it might not have been entirely
the right approach made by Spurs, many of the comments that came out of
Bolton from manager and chairman were refuted by the Tottenham board and
Director of Football. In
the end, they might have done us a favour selling him to Boro, as the
money has now been wisely spent on Helder Postiga … who has never
heard of Bolton Wanderers, no doubt !!
I know clubs have to big themselves up,
so their fans have some self respect, but to big up the character of a
manager, who was a solid professional and is trying to be the same as a
boss, is a hilarious mistake. Far
from making him a focal point of the club, it makes him sound like a
children’s TV character … and one that is not in the league of the
Fimbles, I can tell you. They
would have done better getting rid of that ridiculous bear thing that is
their mascot and bringing in a pig (The Trotters – get it) and calling
it “Big Sam”. I am sure
everyone would have got the relevance !!
It’s not even that I really loathe
Bolton and their manager. It
is more like pity. Any good
young players that they have had have gone or lost the sparkle they
first had when they entered the side.
Ricketts looked good for a season, but then the manager refused
to select him for the team, thus damaging his confidence and ruining the
run he was on. Kevin Nolan
was another promising individual, looking set to be a lesser version of
Steven Gerrard, but where is he now ??
It would be “Big” of him if he could be more magnanimous to his opponents, but that is a “big” if. They would have been better going along with an epithet from “Bugsy Malone” and calling him “Fat Sam”, which could have referred to his mouth, head, figure or even the chances that his team will stay in the Premiership for very long.
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