After 5 months of the 2001-2002 season Bolton were bottom. On the 27th October 2001, Bolton sacked ‘Fat Sam’ and appointed Roy Hodgson as manager. Things did not go to plan, and Bolton remained stuck to the bottom of the premiership. 5 days into the New Year, after a board meeting, Roy Hodgson was sacked. The same day, Gareth Thomas was drafted in with only 17 games to get the cash-strapped club off the bottom of the premiership, and like no manager has ever done in the 10 years of the premiership, survive the drop. After only 24 hours in charge of the club, Bolton came up against 1st division Stoke in the FA cup third round. An excellent start for Thomas to test out his team and not lose nothing from the league. Code: Armstrong Djorkaeff Okocha Gardner Akin Frandsen Warhurtst Nolan N’Gotty Campo Jaaskeleinen So with Tofting suspended for one match, Frandsen takes his place. Bernard Mendy out for two months with a broken leg, and veteran defender Gudni Bergsson out with a pulled hamstring for two weeks. Bolton beat Stoke in the FA cup third round 2-0. Goals from Armstrong, and Frandsen in the first half. However, Gardener saw red on the 71st minute for a late tackle. So off to a winning start and the FA cup fourth round sees Bolton travel to Rotheram. My first premiership match, Manchester United at home. I could not have asked for a worse match to start off Bolton’s premiership survival campaign. Akin made way for Toftings return, and Gardner was pulled out for Henrik Pedersen after failing a late fitness test. It only took Manchester United 9 minutes to score, Rio Ferdinand with a header from a Beck’s corner. Keane added to the lead on the verge of half time as Bolton went in at the break 2-0 down. No changes were made by either side, and even though Bolton dominated the first half, and second, it finished 2-0 to United. Man City travelled to Bolton, my third match, and my third home match. Jaaskeleinen received a red card before my arrival, and is now starting a 3 match ban. Bolton have a very poor disciplinary record. Leaky at the back, and strong going forward, Bolton took 9 minutes to score, Tofting striking home his first ever goal for Bolton. 1-0, half time. 52 minutes gone, and Armstrong makes it 2-0, 7 minutes later, Armstrong was on target again, 3-0. It finished 3-0, and for the first time since October, Bolton were off the bottom of the premiership and into 18th, 2 points behind 17th placed West Ham. Worse news to come, Ivan Campo suspended for 1 league match after receiving 5 yellow cards added to the suspension worries. My first away match, Southampton, James Beattie is on fire, and Ricardo Gardener is starting his first of a 3 match ban. 16 minutes in, the first part of major action, Per Frandsen sent off. The late tackles are ridiculous, and I will not tolerate it and I am fining players 2 weeks wages for each red card. 4 minutes later, Djorkaeff opens his account under my management with a spectacular free kick. 1-0 up, and half time. Bolton dominating the first half. 5 minutes into the second half, Okocha plays Armstrong through and Armstrong rounds Niemi and makes it 2-0. Henrik Pederson adds on the 68th and it finishes 3-0 to Bolton. Bolton are now 1 point clear of West Ham, who drop into 18th place.