Under-fire Bolton boss Coyle given a month to save his job
Bolton will give Owen Coyle the January transfer window to turn their fortunes around before deciding on the manager”s future.
Defeat by Newcastle on Boxing Day was Bolton”s eighth in nine home games this season, and kept Coyle”s side deep in relegation trouble, just a point off the bottom of the Barclays Premier League.
Showing the strain: Owen Coyle is under pressure at Bolton
They face a crucial New Year”s Eve clash with Wolves followed by a trip to Everton, and the 45-year-old Scot”s situation could yet take a turn for the worse if those games go badly.
But the indications are that owner Eddie Davies and chairman Phil Gartside will give him the 7million that Chelsea have offered for Gary Cahill and the chance to make signings to stop the rot.
Worryingly for Coyle, Bolton”s other Premier League games in January are against Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal.
American defender Tim Ream will be signed from New York Red Bulls in a 2m deal to replace Cahill, and Coyle also wants a striker and a full back after losing patience with several of his senior players.
“It”s got to the point where the same people are not going to make the same mistakes,” he said. “I”m not talking about young kids but course-and-distance guys who have done it. I”ve managed to get a song and a tune out of them up to this point.
“Maybe now there are one or two not up to delivering that, and if that”s the case they”re not going to play in our team, that”s for sure.”
Veteran goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen admits Bolton have reached a critical point in the season. “The next two games are crucial,” he said.
Losing out: Newcastle United”s Demba Ba (left) scores as Bolton slump to a Boxing Day defeat
“We need to get two or three wins on the bounce. If you look at the Wolves game it”s massive and then at Everton the week after because we”ve got the big teams coming up. We”ve got four or five players missing from last season, and the players coming in have got to do a better job.”
Meanwhile, Hatem Ben Arfa is hoping his first goal of the season against Bolton will persuade Newcastle boss Alan Pardew to let him loose at Anfield on Friday night.
The French playmaker has only started three games this season since his return from a double leg fracture and said: “I want to make something clear to the fans, I am nearly 100 per cent fit and if I play then I will show more to the fans and more to the club.”