Lee's relationship with Bolton players was at breaking point

Sammy Lee's relationship with his players was at breaking point before his departure from Bolton Wanderers, it has been revealed.

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The Guardian says relations have been so strained that one player allegedly belittled Lee in front of the squad by telling him his opinion was worthless. There have been stand-up rows and Speed relinquished his duties as first-team coach last week after a series of arguments led to him being axed from the squad. Nolan was also dropped from Lee's final game, a 1-0 home defeat by Chelsea.

It is said Jussi Jaaskelainen has declined to sign a new contract partly because of Lee's presence as manager and on another occasion the senior players declined to do post-match interviews after a defeat at Birmingham as they would have been asked to express their backing for Lee.

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