DAVIES PAYS TRIBUTE TO SPEED

Bolton Wanderers captain Kevin Davies is the latest to pay tribute to former Bolton Wanderers player Gary Speed, who recently passed away, aged just 42.

Gary Speed was found in his house and is thought to have committed suicide. Tributes have been flowing in from all around the world, and current Bolton Wanderers captain Kevin Davies is the latest to do so.

Gary Speed was an important part of the Bolton Wanderers team from 2004 to 2007. His death comes as a major shock to the football world. Many regard Gary Speed to be an excellent professional both on and off the field.

CAHILL WAITING ON OFFERS

Gary Cahill has admitted that he is waiting to see what offers come in for him before he makes a final decision on where he will be playing next season. He will be out of contract in the summer of 2012, which means he'll be able to leave Bolton for nothing.

COYLE CALLS FOR CONSISTENCY

Bolton manager Owen Coyle has called for consistency from the match officials - and he isn't the first manager to do so this season, even though we're only 10 games in!

Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Andre Villas Boas have all questioned the referee in previous matches, and this time is was Coyle's turn.

Speaking after the match against Swansea, in which Bolton struggled to a 3-1 loss, Coyle was critical of the referee.

"I think the second yellow card, in fairness, Ricardo Gardner has tugged Dyer back. I think we all accept that normally results in a yellow card.

BOLTON INTERESTED IN STURRIDGE

Bolton are still interested in signing Chelsea striker Daniel Sturridge on a permanent basis. The 21-year-old had a successful spell with the Trotters last term, scoring eight goals in 12 Premier League games.

Sturridge is seemingly behind Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka in the Chelsea pecking order and Coyle hopes to take advantage.

He said: "I feel that another period with Bolton would take him on to the next level of his career."

CITY LEADING THE RACE FOR CAHILL

Manchester City are at the forefront of landing Bolton Wanderers defender Gary Cahill this summer.

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish is understood to also be interested in the centre-half.

However, the Mirror claims the Scot is likely to lose out to City in any battle for the England international’s signature.

Dalglish has earmarked the centre-back position as a priority are and sees Cahill as the perfect candidate.

But if Wanderers hold out for the £20 million they are demanding then this may price the Merseysiders out of the running.

COLOCCINI FOCUSSED ON SURVIVAL

Fabricio Coloccini has said that he is still focused on the Premier League survival more than anything else.

But the defender’s confident Newcastle United will quickly achieve their No1 objective – and then readjust their ambitions.

Coloccini and his team-mates were held to a 1-1 draw by Bolton Wanderers at St James’s Park on Saturday.

While Alan Pardew’s side had been looking for three points, there were positives to take from the game, not least because Newcastle played for 35 minutes with 10 men after Ryan Taylor’s dismissal.

DO TACTICS MATTER?

FourFourTwo Magazine wrote an article a few months back regarding the importance of tactics in a football match. FourFourTwo claimed that tactics very rarely win a game and that is more down to a mixture of player’s skills and luck. However, in light of the recent win away at Birmingham, putting the Trotters into Wembley for the first time in eleven years, I beg to differ. In this article I will discuss to what extent tactics do win games of football by comparing England’s World Cup fiasco to this afternoon’s game against Birmingham.

Why FA Cup Semi-Finals at Wembley are a Good Thing

It has recently been discussed that the FA cup system may need changing. These talks are mainly due to the bigger clubs not taking the oldest and “best” (Coyle’s words) domestic cup competition in League football seriously, often fielding weakened sides.

DAVIES STAYING WITH BOLTON

Bolton Wanderers midfielder Mark Davies has signed a new deal and is going to stay in Bolton. The 22-year-old, who moved from Wolves to Bolton in January 2009, has made 25 appearances this season, scoring once.

Bolton manager Owen Coyle told the club website: "This shows we are trying to build a club for years to come.

"The nucleus is centred around young, exciting players and Mark certainly comes into that category."

BOLTON CAPTURE WHEATER

Bolton Wanderers have secured the signing of David Wheater from Middlesbrough on loan till the end of the season.The 23-year-old is believed to have made the move for an initial £2.3m with a further £1.5m based on appearances.

"There has been a lot of competition for his signature and again this shows a willingness on our behalf to invest in youth," said Bolton boss Owen Coyle.

"We have parted with good money for a very talented player who has been involved with England squads before."

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