Bolton Wanderers manager Gary Megson has warned the Trotters to be wary of a backlash from Tottenham Hotspur when they face them in the Premier League on Sunday at White Hart Lane.
Under fire Spurs boss Juande Ramos has overseen Tottenham’s worst ever start to a season in the 126-year history of the North London club, with the game against Bolton being billed as make or break for the Spaniard.
Tottenham have just two points from eight games so far in the Premiership and are in danger of being cut adrift at the bottom of the table, with defeat in the UEFA Cup to Serie A side Udinese on Thursday, leaving the former Sevilla coach’s job hanging in the balance.
However, Megson believes that the response from Tottenham will come sooner rather than later, with the Bolton chief comparing Spurs to a “cornered animal” in light of all the media coverage and scrutiny surrounding the club and Ramos.
“You have now got a cornered animal,” said Megson.
“Everyone has got something to say on the situation and I think that will eventually have a galvanising effect on the team.
“The media scrutiny has been unbelievable, we have got to make sure we don’t get caught up in the hullabaloo.
“They are obviously going to be a little bit down at the moment, and from our point of view, it does make Sunday’s game more difficult.”
Bolton have won six of the last ten meetings with Spurs, but Megson was quick to point out that Ramos has a wealth of talent at his disposal at White Hart Lane and backs his Spanish counterpart to turn the clubs fortunes around eventually.
“They have not had a particularly good start but they have still got an excellent squad with some fantastic talents in there,” he said.
“Spurs are the envy of a lot of football clubs.
“I think they will turn it round eventually with the players they have got, even though it isn’t going particularly well at the moment.”
“Each and every manager up and down the country will feel for him and understand what he is going through.
“Football management has always been a difficult job. The scrutiny you are placed under is really intense and difficult to cope with, but you have to do that.
“You do have empathy because you are in the same profession and it does go round. You do have to put up with a huge amount of criticism, and at times a lot of it is misplaced so you have to rise above it. That’s the nature of football at the moment.”