I dont get some of the animosity toward Lee here. He was injured after 4 games when he came as a player IIRC, was coach alongside Allardyce during a period when we were quite successful,inherited a declining team and mistakenly set out on a fools errand of trying to outfootball multimillionaire teams with a bunch of free signings at a time when the fans and the media where calling for a change from the Allardyce approach which had at the time become pretty stale.
Not really a cv deserving of lynching. From the perspective of families with talented young footballers as a parent would you be advising your kid to get coached by a former European cup winner with experience of playing abroad and coaching at a high level in the premiership or would you go for an average lower league fullback who had a year at rangers where they had to narrow the pitch to avoid being exploited down the flanks.
Having said that I hope there is a role somewhere for Phillips as he has been a great servant to the club and is actually a Bolton lad.
As a manager he was a disaster. He inherited a pretty sound setup, good players, Europe, bit of money and a positive vibe from fans and club alike. He stupidly signed piss poor players by the bucketload. I was almost on tears when Braathen and Wilhelmsson came in. And Xabi Alonso's inept older brother too? And then trying to play these shit players in a Barcelona-wanabee style?
Safe to say Lee was incompetent, if the club hadn't realized their grave mistake early on and brought in the wonder that is Megson, Sammy Lee singelhandedly could have brougt the club to it's knees.
Very rare to hear something positive about Megson nowadays, but he is a Mourinho class manager compared to Lee. Still an incompetent clogger killjoy and a Shitty manager though.
Still, Lee is welcome as a youth coach.