UNDER-FIRE Wanderers boss Owen Coyle has vented his anger to the Football League by sending them a DVD of hard knocks.
For the third time in his three-year tenure, Coyle has compiled a list of decisions that he feels have wrongly been awarded against his side.
At the centre of the issue seems to be the four penalties conceded in the last four games, and the manager feels that those incidents – classed by him as “uncontrollables” – have played a major part in the club’s stuttering form.
“It won’t alter anything but I’ve sat with Simon (Marland) our secretary and been through it,” he said. “It is costing us because we could easily be sitting here with 18 or 19 points and near the top of this league.
“We don’t want anything we haven’t earned. We don’t want a break, we just want it to be even. And it hasn’t been.
“It’s hard to take when lads are training hard, coming out and playing at a high standard and uncontrollables are taking it out of our hands.
“But what I do believe, though, is with the quality we have got, we are good enough to come through it, even when things do go against us.”
The statistics don’t make good reading for Coyle, with his side having won just three of their opening 10 games in league and cup.
That has left the Glaswegian fending off calls from a large number of fans for him to be replaced, although The Bolton News understands that he will be in charge when Wanderers travel to Millwall this weekend.
Fans’ website Voice of Bolton ran a poll yesterday that provided an indicator of the current mood around the Reebok.
By mid-afternoon, just over 180 votes had been cast, with just under 75 per cent stating they did not want the manager to remain in charge.
Chairman Phil Gartside has already stated publicly this season that the club have put themselves under “100 per cent pressure” to gain promotion back to the Premier League this season, where they would be able to take advantage of a much-improved TV deal.
The 17th-placed Whites are currently lagging behind the target laid down of two points per game, having taken 11 from their opening nine games.