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In-form Johan Elmander blasts ex-Bolton boss Gary Megson

| 13.10.2010

Johan Elmander has spoken out about his struggle at Bolton under former manager Gary Megson.

The Swedish international joined the Trotters in the summer of 2008 for a fee of around £10 million pounds from French club Toulouse.

He found adapting to life in Premiership hard, only finding the net five times in his first season at the Reebok and he didn’t fare much better last year either, only scoring three times.

But he’s hit form in this campaign, scoring four times so far and is 100/1 to be the Premier League’s top goal scorer.

Speaking in the build up to his country’s 4-1 defeat away to the Netherlands, he was critical of Megson’s handling of him.

“It doesn’t help to stare and scream at me,” said the striker of Megson’s approach, “I got tired the more of it I heard.”

He went on to commend new boss Owen Coyle, stating “Coyle is a great coach, who I really enjoy working with.

“As soon as he came to the club I started to play well, even though the goals didn’t come right away.”

Elmander will want to continue his impressive goal scoring form this weekend as his Bolton side host Stoke, who they are 6/5 to beat.

Bolton enjoyed a steady season last year under Coyle, finishing a full nine points above the drop zone and sit comfortably in 12th this year.

Their opponents Stoke are unbeaten in five though and will travel up North hoping for a repeat of their last away game, a 2-1 win at Newcastle.

The Potters are 12/5 to win and will be gunning to win what is sure to be a fierce aerial battle.

Bolton will be confident though, with an in form Elmander and their newly internationally recognised captain Kevin Davies, they will be looking for a win.

It’s 7/1 to be 2-1 to Bolton at the Reebok this Saturday. Follow the full Barclays Premier League betting odds market here.



Richard Anderson