Date: 19th March 2009 at 11:42am
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Going into the game with West Brom at the weekend, Bolton have 33 points from 29 games. At the same stage last season they had 25 points. So Gary Megson has presided over a substantial improvement right?

Well not necessarily. As a poster on one of the Bolton forums has pointed out, the Ginger One, is doing worse than he was last season. Then, he was in charge for one FA cup and one Carling Cup game. Both were lost. It was the same this time round.

Megson was at the helm for 28 league games last season. With 32 points won that represents an average of 1.142 points per game. Now the figure is 1.137 points per game. So his record this season is worse than it was in the last campaign.

Granted, it`s marginal and even a point at the Hawthorns will put him ahead of his previous average, but after having spent in excess of £27 million, recruiting his own staff and having the entire pre-season with the players, one would hope for a significant improvement.

The figures highlight what many fans are fearing. That under Megson, Bolton will remain at the same level, labouring in lower mid-table, with the spectre of relegation never far away. The statistics don`t make cheerful reading.


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