European Ticker: Bolton fire Megson, Fulham's Hodgson signs new deal and more

European Ticker: Bolton fire Megson, Fulham's Hodgson signs new deal and more

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European Ticker: Bolton fire Megson, Fulham's Hodgson signs new deal and more

Megson (Getty)

by TRAVIS CLARK

The managerial merry-go-round kicked off in England a couple of weeks ago with the sacking of Mark Hughes, and it continued today as Bolton manager Gary Megson became the next Premier League boss to get the boot.

Bolton have been polar opposites of Manchester City. Instead of striving for a top of the table finish, the club was simply expected to stay alive in the Premier League, something that they have struggled to do. Yesterday's draw against Hull, Bolton blew a 2-0 lead, and it might have been the last straw as Bolton remained mired in the relegation zone.

Early reports have Mark Hughes as one of the favorites to replace Megson, not the worst move Bolton could make. Instead of the pressure of high expectations, he would have to ensure that the club remains afloat in the Premier League.

Here are some more stories for Wednesday:

Fulham's Hodgson signs new deal

One manager who won't have to worry about his coaching future is Fulham boss Roy Hodgson. The London club rewarded Hodgson for a successful first half of the season by extending his contract another 12 months.

Hodgson currently has Fulham sitting in ninth in the Premier League table, and the club qualified for the knockout stages of the Europe League. He's been at Craven Cottage since December 2007, a year that saw Fulham avoid relegation on the final day of the season.

Concerns for Portsmouth's fiscal future

Two takeovers by Middle East investors haven't solved the financial problems at Pompey. The club has struggled to pay players in the past, is now under further scrutiny from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs — the UK government's tax department.

The club is reported to owe £10 million and on two occasions this season has failed to pay players and staff. A petition was served right before Christmas, but a hearing scheduled for February will determine the club's fate.

Johnson suffers knee injury

While Liverpool's 1-0 win against Aston Villa was a huge boost to the club's league campaign, it may have come at a high cost. Fullback Glen Johnson, who has added an attacking element from his position, left the game with a knee injury and will likely need a scan to determine the severity of the injury. Johnson left Villa Park on crutches and will be re-evaluated this week.

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What do you think about Megson getting the sack? Will Hughes replace him? Glad to see Roy Hodgson stick around Fulham? What will happen to Portsmouth?

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