Andrews: Bolton players are solidly behind Coyle

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MIDFIELDER Keith Andrews says the Wanderers players are fully behind under-fire manager Owen Coyle and committed to turning fortunes around at the Reebok Stadium.

A 2-1 defeat at Millwall on Saturday – a fifth of the Championship campaign – leaves the Whites hovering just three points above the drop zone and heaped yet more pressure on Coyle.

The boss was due to meet with owner Eddie Davies and chairman Phil Gartside yesterday after another winless weekend.

But Andrews accepts the players are as much to blame for the poor start to the campaign.

And he hopes the Scot, who brought him to the Reebok this summer, remains in charge and proves his critics wrong.

The Republic of Ireland international said: “I’ve been in dressing rooms where it has been the case where no-one is behind the manager. I’ve seen genuine efforts to get the manager out.

“You sense sometimes in dressing rooms when things are not going right, and maybe that it’s time for a change, but I certainly don’t think that’s what is happening at the moment.

“This manager has the full backing of the players. Everyone believes in him.

“He’s brought together the nucleus of a very good dressing room and I wouldn’t be saying that if it wasn’t.

“We enjoy the atmosphere we are working in. It’s a fantastic club.”

Andrews is one of a handful of Whites players heading away for international duty over the next fortnight.

But he admits he would rather be at Euxton working hard to make things right with his club before their next match on Saturday week at home to Bristol City.

He added: “It's unfortunate we’ve got this break now because there are going to be a few of us away.

“I’d certainly like to be around to help try and fix things.

“We genuinely care and it’s not as if we’ll just jump on the train have a nice couple of weeks off and forget about it. I know this result is going to hurt me and I, like everyone else out there, take my share of the blame.”

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