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What today’s Bolton news means for Ream, Holden

Oct 9, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

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Most of us cannot relate to the otherworldly place in which professional athletes exist. It’s almost like those guys breathe air from a separate source.

On the other hand, some similarities do exist. Like this:

If you or I get a new boss today, the anxiety meter moves a little closer to that red zone. Even the most valued employee, the most secure person in his or her job, cannot help but feel a little unease about impending new management.

So, how do you suppose U.S. internationals Tim Ream and Stuart Holden are feeling today at Bolton, where manager Owen Coyle is out after nearly three seasons in charge at the Reebok Stadium?

Coyle has been in Holden’s corner throughout the midfielder’s long, frustrating run of injuries. Which is why Holden put out via Twitter: “Want to wish Owen Coyle the best of luck in the future and thank him for believing in me. Forever grateful for the opportunity he gave me.”

Ream has made just three appearances for Bolton this year, so perhaps this is a bit of a re-set for the former Red Bulls center back. Still, who knows?


  1. whordy - Oct 9, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    Hopefully it means they will both work even harder to re-impress a new coach and stake a claim to a spot on the team.
    What I hope doesn’t happen is they fall out of favor, the American press pity them and say things like “Poor Holden/Ream for having to suffer through a coaching change and losing out because of it” like has happened in the past. If we want our NT to get better, we can’t coddle them. If they are good enough to stay on the team, they will.

  2. danielofthedale - Oct 9, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    I have no real expectations for Holden getting back to his old form. Missing basically two years and being in his late twenties does not tend to lead people to improve their game. Its a real shame.

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