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Bolton manager takes full responsibility for club's woeful Premier League form

Owen Coyle has apologised and thanked them for their patience during the club’s worst spell in years.

Bryan Ruiz scores for Fulham against Bolton on Saturday.
Bryan Ruiz scores for Fulham against Bolton on Saturday.
Image: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

OWEN COYLE HAS taken full responsibility for Bolton’s dismal start to the Premier League season, which has seen his team sink to the bottom of the table.

Bolton’s latest reversal – their 13th in their last 16 league matches – came at the hands of Fulham on Saturday and the Scot has admitted that his side needs to start winning games soon.

“My chairman and owner understand me,” Coyle said after the game.

“They know exactly what I am doing at the football club and how we want proceed in the long term.

“As a manager, I accept total responsibility for the games. I can understand people being disappointed and frustrated because I certainly am.

“Everybody is entitled to their opinion in football. I have no problem with that unless people get personal.”

Coyle is second favourite, after Blackburn’s Steve Kean, among bookies to lose his job before the end of the season but the former Burnley manager has thanked his club’s supporters for staying off his back.

“I think the fans know how passionate I am about the football club and how much I care,” he said. “I felt for our fans. We sold the allocation we had of 600 fans. They worked hard all week earning certainly far less than myself and my players.

“They paid good money to travel to London on a bitterly cold day and support their team through thick and thin. And that is what I have always said, that the one constant at any football club is the fans.

“What they do know, certainly the majority, is that they have somebody there that is trying to do the very best for their club.

“We have a good future but to do that in the short-term we need to be in the Barclays Premier League and so far it has not been good enough.”

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