Bolton manager Gary Megson has angrily rejected 'scurrilous' claims of a dressing room bust-up with defender Jlloyd Samuel.
The Trotters boss was reported to have clashed with Samuel during a heated half-time exchange with his players in the recent 2-1 defeat at the hands of Wolves.
Former West Brom, Stockport and Nottingham Forest boss Megson, who has never been universally accepted by the Reebok Stadium fans, has seen his position come under increasing pressure after a poor start to the season.
The report of the apparent altercation also suggested that ex-England manager Steve McClaren was being lined up as a possible replacement by chairman Phil Gartside.
But Megson has laid into the claims, labelling them as 'crap' and insisting that anyone who believes the report is 'thick'.
He admitted that words were exchanged with Samuel, but that the matter was a typical dressing room exchange which occurs on a regular basis.
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 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."