Jan 162015
 

The Bolton chairman Phil Gartside is one of nine people summonsed to appear in Newcastle magistrates court next month. Photograph: Back Page Images/Rex

Phil Gartside, the Bolton Wanderers chairman, has been summonsed to appear in front of magistrates to answer allegations of perjury and fraud, along with the club’s former manager Sammy Lee, the former player Gavin McCann and some of the more influential agents in the business, in what could be, if it proceeds, one of the biggest court cases of its kind in the sport.

Gartside is summonsed to answer five allegations of perjury and one of fraud while Bolton, the club, have also been summonsed to appear in court next month in relation to allegations of making “numerous false and representational contracts” in June and July 2007.

Lee, who was Bolton’s manager at the time and is now a member of the coaching staff at Southampton, is summonsed in relation to four allegations of perjury relating to his time at the Championship club. McCann, whose career included spells at Bolton, Everton, Sunderland and Aston Villa, must answer four allegations of perjury and one of fraud while Frank McParland, previously Bolton’s director of football, will hear four allegations of perjury when the matter begins at Newcastle magistrates’ court on 25 February.

McParland now takes that role at Brentford and has had a long association with Liverpool, working as their chief scout from 2003 to 2007 and returning to the club in 2009 when Rafael Benítez asked him to oversee a major overhaul of the club’s academy.

The case relates to a protracted legal battle brought by the football agent Tony McGill, in which he claims he was cut out of the £1m deal when Bolton signed McCann from Villa in 2007. McGill was suing in the original case for £300,000, claiming that Bolton brought in the sports agency SEM at “the last minute” to take the deal off him. He lost the case at Manchester civil justice centre last September, having not had a binding contract with McCann, but the judge’s findings described him as “basically credible”.

McGill is now attempting to bring a private prosecution and court summonses have been issued to 11 parties. Simon Marland, Bolton’s long-serving secretary, is summonsed to answer five allegations of perjury and one of fraud. Jerome Anderson, the chief executive of SEM and one of the most powerful agents in the industry, is summonsed on four allegations of perjury and one of fraud. SEM’s lawyers said: “SEM and Jerome Anderson are aware that a private prosecution has been commenced by Tony McGill and that summonses have been issued. The allegations are baseless and will be defended robustly.”

Three of Anderson’s colleagues of that time have also been summonsed. Dave Sheron will answer four allegations of perjury. Five are listed against Jeff Weston, along with one allegation of fraud. Steve Horner is summonsed on two perjury allegations. SEM, based in Barnet, will hear one allegation of fraud.

Gartside, who had no comment when contacted by the Guardian on Friday, joined the Bolton board and became the chairman in 1999 when Sam Allardyce was appointed manager. He has also had a place on the Wembley board and was put in charge of the Football Association’s selection process when David Bernstein was made chairman.

Jan 132015
 

Josh Vela (centre) impressed yet again for Bolton on Saturday – Paul Thomas/Getty Images

Wanderers secured a point against Leeds after going behind early doors, but how did the Whites players rate on Saturday?

Eidur Gudjohnsen’s first Bolton Wanderers goal since 2000 and first in English football in almost five years rescued his side a point at home to Leeds United on Saturday.

The match left manager Neil Lennon bemoaning the lack of creative quality at his disposal, which showed as Wanderers were unable to claim all three points despite dominating large periods of play.

But how did Wanderers’ players rate against their Yorkshire rivals?

GK Andy Lonergan 6:  Was hugely unlucky to concede the penalty that got Leeds off to the perfect start in just the second minute, and pulled off several important saves. The fact that he didn’t see red shows that it was never a penalty. Struggled in the blustery conditions, but certainly can’t be held at fault for the visitors’ opener.

RB Josh Vela 8: Vela continues to impress and only improves match after match – to the extent that he was easily the best player on the park on Saturday. He’s done superbly to fill Bolton’s troublesome right-back position, but it’s clear that he needs to be playing higher up the pitch. We’re sadly lacking in creative midfield options, and you’d think Vela could be the natural solution to the problem.

CB Matt Mills 6: Generally coped well under difficult conditions, but a poor defensive clearance set up a Leeds attack that almost let in Sam Byram for a winner.

CB Dorian Dervite 5: Struggled a little defensively after a string of impressive performances, and was replaced by Wheater shortly after the hour mark.

LB Tim Ream 5: Was given the runaround by the lively Byram, as he had been by Huddersfield’s Sean Scannell in the previous league game. Ream is not a left-back, and when he comes up against tricky wingers this really does show. He’s largely filled in well, but has begun to struggle of late.

CM Neil Danns 5: Again not at his best with ball retention. Danns is not a holding midfielder and the sooner we can move him further upfield the better.

CM Liam Trotter 5: Trotter is one player that you question Neil Lennon sees in him. We may be struggling for choices in the midfield positions, but Trotter simply isn’t good enough for this level of football and costs us possession on a regular basis.

RM Darren Pratley 6: Showed signs of his improved form as he won the second half penalty and was unlucky with an acrobatic volley in the the first half, but like most of the midfielders around him he struggled to create anything of note.

LM Liam Feeney 7: Feeney is one player that does have a bit of creativity, and impressed again against Leeds. He worked hard down the flanks and delivered quality crosses, we just need to get someone on the end of his deliveries.

AM Eidur Gudjohnsen 7: Tucked away his penalty with confidence, and created several moments of promise. Eidur still has flashes of brilliance, but pairing him with Emile Heskey is not ideal. He needs quick and lively players who can capitalise on his brilliance.

CF Emile Heskey 6: Worked hard and put himself about, but it’s clear that Heskey doesn’t have the energy levels to play for 90 minutes.

Substitutes:

David Wheater (on for Dervite, 66) 6: Was solid in defence, despite rumours he could be heading for the exit door.

Craig Davies (on for Trotter, 72) 6: Had one effort from an angle late on, the sooner we can get him back fit and starting the better.

Tom Walker (on for Gudjohnsen, 90): Good to see another academy player getting first-team action, but his entrance came too late to have any effect on the game.

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