Bolton legend John McGinlay urges fans to stick by under pressure manager Neil Lennon


BY DARREN JOHNSTONE – Capital City Press

Bolton legend John McGinlay has urged the club’s supporters to stick by under pressure manager Neil Lennon.

Scotland cap McGinlay insists the former Celtic boss remains the best man for the job, even though the Trotters sit at the Championship basement with just one win from 13 games.



Lennon has been subjected to criticism from sections of fans but with Bolton in debt to the tune of £173 million, McGinlay insists the Northern Irishman is having to work with one-hand tied behind his back.

Speaking to The Bolton News, McGinlay said: “I know it’s easy to jump on the bandwagon and say it’s his fault, but I ask you, who could really do a better job?

“Neil Lennon will get through this, I’ve no doubt in my mind, and in the long term I even think it will do him good.

“It’s a horrible situation to be in but given what he has had to work with, I honestly think he’s doing the best job he can.

“If things changed overnight and he had money to spend in January, then maybe you’d look to get safe and then push on from there.

“But right now you’d have to say that avoiding relegation is the main concern.
“The club is currently shopping in markets that is hasn’t shopped in for a long time. It’s a real time of transition.

“Neil has to beg, steal and borrow to get people in. It’s one in, one out and there doesn’t look to be any immediate solution to that.”