GARY Megson has dismissed fans’ unrest and revealed: “It’s not a popularity contest.”

Travelling supporters chanted “We want Megson out” at Hull and taunted the Wanderers boss again in the midweek Carling Cup victory at Tranmere.

Megson, once hailed the Ginger Mourinho by fans, has struggled to win over sections of the Reebok support since taking over from Sammy Lee in October 2007.

At Prenton Park on Tuesday, the away section sang “Megson, Megson, give us a wave”, only to boo him when he waved back.

But the Whites chief insists he is not bothered by the abuse.

“It’s not a popularity contest,” he said ahead of tomorrow’s visit of Liverpool.

“I was brought here to keep Bolton up and we did that — now I’m trying to move things on.

“They are not all on my back — there’s a fair few. But it doesn’t make a difference to me. That was happening quarter of an hour before I actually came here at the Sporting Braga game.

“It’s been like that for two years. It’s just normal.

“I took a team away last year and we won 3-1 (against Middlesbrough) and, on the first (radio) phone in, we were getting criticised for letting one in — from someone who hadn’t even been at the game.”

While Megson brushes aside fans’ feelings towards him, he is angered by the media’s perception of Wanderers.

The manager, justifiably so, believes his side is portrayed in an unflattering light compared to other Premier League rivals, who have bigger budgets and resources at their disposal.

“I do think we are treated differently,” he said. “I keep reading about poor old Portsmouth who have had to sell all their best players and they are struggling away but we did that ages ago.

“(Nicolas) Anelka’s not here, (El-Hadji) Diouf’s not here, (Kevin) Nolan’s not here, (Gary) Speed’s not here, (Ivan) Campo’s not here — we’ve done all that Portsmouth have had to but there was never any forgiveness or saying it might be a bit difficult at Bolton.

“You read about sides who haven’t got any money but they’ve spent more than we’ve spent.

“But you’ve just got to get on with it.”