Bolton boss Gary Megson has described suggestions of a recent bust- up with Jlloyd Samuel as "scurrilous" and designed to cause problems.
Megson is reported to have gone 'nose to nose' with Samuel during a half-time rant at his players in the 2-1 defeat at Wolves nine days ago.
The report further claimed former England manager Steve McClaren is being lined up by chairman Phil Gartside to replace Megson due to his increasingly fractious relationship with the players.
Yet a defiant Megson said: "What went on with Jlloyd at Wolves was a professional thing in terms of an incident I saw on the pitch on which I was proven right.
"Jlloyd didn't think I was right, but he was shown a DVD of it at the time, and I was proven to be right. End of story. Finished.
"I feel I've every right to say what I feel. Jlloyd has his right to say what he feels, as does everybody else.
"It happened again on Saturday against City. I had a go at one of our players I thought should be doing better, and it will happen again tomorrow against West Ham."
Megson feels the story was written to cause mischief and undermine him at a time when he and Bolton are fighting for their lives in the Barclays Premier League.
"It (the story) was done on purpose," added Megson.
"I was disappointed when I saw it, but I'm not surprised at where it's come from.
"I know who has put it in there, I know why it was put in there, and no good can come from crap like that.
"The stuff that was in it, most of it was scurrilous, was deemed to cause problems, but it wasn't true.
"At the end of the day it's nothing to do with Bolton, nothing to do with football.
"It won't make any great difference, certainly not to myself, and if there are any people out there thick enough to believe in those kind of things, then fine."Reuse content