Megson questions Bolton's awkward squad
Tuesday 24 November 2009
The Bolton manager, Gary Megson, has rounded on some of his players, accusing them of trying to destabilise the club. Megson, however, insists he will not let the dark dressing-room mood dissuade him from getting the team out of the relegation zone.
Bolton have slipped down the Premier League and remain in trouble following the 2-0 home defeat by local rivals Blackburn on Sunday.
Asked if certain players are trying to destabilise the club, Megson said: "Yes, there are bound to be one or two who are not going to be too happy. But you have to get on with those kind of things. It is not something that is any different at this club than any other. You have to make sure it does not become an issue. I am sure it won't be. It is about the players who are playing and the squad that is out there. If you are in, great, if you are not you have to get on with it. If another club comes in for you, then you may move on."
The club's chairman, Phil Gartside, says he is not in the business of "pressing panic buttons" after a string of poor results. Bolton have only one home win in the league, but Gartside insisted now was not the time for change. "The next few games are going to be important as they always are," he said. "The season is 38 games and we are confident. We have been playing some good football, it's been decent stuff. No one presses panic buttons around here. I have been in the game long enough not to do that."
Supporters left the ground in numbers after Sam Ricketts' bizarre own goal in the 73rd minute which sealed Bolton's fate. David Dunn made the breakthrough with his sixth goal of the season as Blackburn ended a run of 10 consecutive league defeats on the road.
Megson sympathised with the fans, saying: "You are looking at a team that is 2-0 down and playing poorly, I can understand people being frustrated and leaving."
Next up for Bolton is a trip to Fulham on Saturday before facing Wolves at Molineux the following week.
The Blackburn captain, Ryan Nelsen, is looking for his side to kick on after they ended their away-day blues. It was just the boost Blackburn were hoping for, given they travel to play Fulham at Craven Cottage tomorrow.
Nelsen said: "It is our catch-up game and a crucial one. If we can get some points there things will be even better. We've won away from home, we've ticked that box now so it has to be consistency for the next few games. We had 10 very difficult matches, possibly the hardest start of any team."
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