Are Bolton the new Leicester?

Bolton are supposed to be a firmly established top six side and now, even though only three games have been played, they are rooted to the foot of the table.

The reason for this slump is obvious – the departure of Sam Allardyce.

I always knew that Big Sam was a fantastic manager – he should be in charge of England now rather the Newcastle – but it is only once he left Bolton that people begin to see how difficult his job truly was.

The situation is reminiscent of the plight of Leicester City following the departure of Martin O’Neill.

With O’Neill in charge Leicester, like Bolton, became a solid top Premier League outfit and even managed to win the club silverware.

It must be easier for managers like Rafa Benitez, Jose Mourinho and Alex Ferguson, they manage rich clubs and they can afford the world’s top players and their success is easy to measure.

But for teams like Bolton and Leicester it becomes very difficult to become distinguished and not languish in mid-table obscurity – unless you somehow stumble across top class managers.

Both clubs became a by-word for smaller club success when really it was the managers that should have drawn all the plaudits.

Sometimes in football you don’t what you’ve got until it’s gone and I’m sure that fans of Bolton and Leicester know that more than anyone.