I can't say I was particularly surprised when I heard the news that Bolton Wanderers had sacked Owen Coyle this week. He's been under severe pressure since the start of the season and while Wanderers are still only six points off a Play-Off place, the 2-1 defeat at Millwall on Saturday was obviously the final nail in the coffin and prompted the club to take action.

There's no doubt Bolton have underachieved so far this season. They've got real quality in the squad and the club were obviously expecting a more convincing start as they look to bounce back from last season's relegation. Owen must have known that and ultimately wasn't able to deliver in time.

The news reminded me of George Burley's dismissal when I was playing at Ipswich Town 10 years ago. Like Bolton, we had just dropped down from the Premier League and we were at the wrong end of the table after about 10 games and George paid the price despite everything he had achieved at the club.

Our problem back then - and what I suspect has been Bolton's undoing - was our failure to adapt quickly enough to life in the npower Championship. We couldn't shrug off the sense of disappointment at getting relegated and we didn't come to terms with the reality of playing Championship football, the increased number of fixtures and the physical style. We got stuck in a vicious, losing circle which cost George his job.

The good news for Bolton is there is plenty of time to recover. Joe Royle replaced George at Portman Road 10 years ago and we eventually finished seventh, so there's no reason why Wanderers cannot do something similar and climb the table.

I think the timing of Owen's sacking was very deliberate because we're now in the two-week international break and in theory at least, that should give Wanderers a little more time to arrange the appointment of a new manager.

I still believe Bolton are a genuine top-six side. I thought Owen would get them into the Play-Off places and I've no doubt the fresh impetus a new manager brings will be enough to kick start their season.

Interestingly, there are now two big jobs up for grabs in the npower Championship following Steve Kean's recent dismissal at Blackburn Rovers, and the two clubs could now find themselves competing for the same manager.

The likes of Alan Shearer, Tim Sherwood, Mick McCarthy and Roy Keane have already been mentioned in connection with the Rovers job but the sudden vacancy at the Reebok could change things.

They're both big clubs but there is a nagging suspicion that the Blackburn job would come with more strings attached in terms of how much control the new manager would actually have and who's really in charge behind the scenes. I can't see the likes of Keane or McCarthy accepting any kind of interference and that might make the Bolton role more attractive.

Shearer and Sherwood might see things differently. Shearer had a brief spell in charge at Newcastle United but they're both essentially managerial novices and you have to start your career somewhere. That might dispel any doubts about the management structure at Ewood Park and convince them to take a leap of faith if the job was offered to them.

I was talking to Colchester United manager Joe Dunne recently. He got the U's job in September and admitted to me he had his doubts about the promotion but decided to say yes because he reasoned you have to step up sooner or later if you want a career in management. I wouldn't be surprised if Shearer or Sherwood had a similar attitude.

Elsewhere, all is not well at Peterborough United at the moment with manager Darren Ferguson going on record to say he does not like working with Barry Fry, one of the club's directors. Barry had accused Darren of talking to Nottingham Forest about the manager's job in the summer without permission and the whole affair has turned nasty and very public.

Posh had an awful start to the season with seven defeats on the bounce but they seemed to have turned the corner with two wins in their last three and the last thing the club needed was this kind of spat between two very influential people at London Road.

I really can't see any winners in this kind of argument. It only serves to distract from the team's performances on the pitch and the sooner they resolve their differences and focus on climbing up the table the better.

A team heading in the wrong direction in terms of league places is Blackpool and although the Tangerines are still in touch with the top teams, Ian Holloway will be concerned with his side's recent record of three defeats in their last four matches.

Blackpool started the season on fire but the danger with being the front runners is that other teams quickly begin to adapt their tactics and take a more conservative approach, get more men behind the ball and are less gung-ho.

Blackpool now need a plan B to break other sides down. They haven't become a poor side in the space of a few weeks but the mark of a really good side, a team that can challenge for promotion at the business end of the season, is being able to adapt when results begin to suffer.