Date: 6th April 2009 at 10:54pm
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Wanderers manager Gary Megson has had his share of criticism this season. Some of it fair, some not and some of it from this site. Doubts remain about his tactics, team selections and ability to motivate his players.

But one thing that has been overlooked is the Ginger One`s ability to nobble over teams, by offloading unwanted personnel on to them. Centre back Abdoulaye Meite joined West Brom at the start of this campaign. They currently lie bottom of the Premier League and are likely to stay there. It`s not a coincidence.

In January, Kevin Nolan was transferred to Newcastle United in a move that surprised everyone, including Nolan himself. So far, Bolton`s former captain has failed to distinguish himself unless you count, the two footed lunge that hospitalised Everton`s Victor Anichebe. Geordie fans have described Nolan as immobile, unimaginative, overweight and off the pace. His turning circle has been likened to that of a double decker bus. Those are just the polite descriptions. Newcastle are third from bottom.

Megson`s finest achievement in this respect involves coach Ricky Sbragia, who joined Sunderland after feeling surplus to requirements at the Reebok. Why Black Cat`s chairman Niall Quinn gave him the manager`s job after claiming that some of the other candidates were ‘breathtaking` is a mystery, but that doesn`t make it any less funny. ‘Thick Rick` as he`s been dubbed by the wailing Wearsiders, hasn`t exactly excelled himself, and Sunderland lie one place above the relegation zone.

Next season`s promoted clubs might want to take note of this. Just in case Nicky Hunt, Tamir Cohen or Mustapha Riga are offered to them.


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