Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Coyle: I'm to blame

Bolton manager Owen Coyle

Bolton manager Owen Coyle is taking full responsibility for his side's lowly position in the Barclays Premier League.

The Trotters lie rock bottom of the table after a 2-0 defeat at Fulham in west London. Clint Dempsey and Bryan Ruiz netted the all-important first-half goals that condemned Bolton to a 13th defeat in 16 league games.

"My chairman and owner understand me," Coyle said. "They know exactly what I am doing at the football club and how we want to proceed in the long term. But equally I accept everything I put in term for the longevity and future of the club has to be backed up by results in the Barclays Premier League."

He added: "And if we stay up, which I believe we will, Bolton Wanderers will be set the best they have been for years and going well as a business and everything else.

"But we have to accept we are in a dogfight in a dangerous area of the league and we have to address that. The only way of doing that is by winning games. As a manager, I accept total responsibility for the games."

Counterpart Martin Jol cut a far more relaxed figure in the post-match press conference after seeing his side secure three points.

The Cottagers came into their 31st competitive match of season with added impetus after their exit from the Europa League in midweek.

"We have had many good performances but the most important thing for us is the points," the Dutchman said. "After the disappointment of Wednesday it is always different to play against teams like Bolton and to get the points.

"In the first half, I thought we did well, especially when we linked up with Mousa Dembele, Clint and Bryan Ruiz and slide balls into Andy Johnson.

"That was a nice balance."

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