Growing amongst the rank and file of the club's support, it has been impossible not to notice a growing shift towards the attitude that Owen Coyle is no longer the man for Bolton Wanderers. This has in turn only stiffened the support of the people that defend the man, to a point where there is a healthy infighting between the club's supporters that has gone on to form two very clear bases, which can be best defined by the rather embarrassing twitter hashtags: #keepthefaith and #coyleout.
A slow start and all of a sudden everything around the club seems to be doomed.
The trouble with both of these views however is that they take on an extreme which I’m not comfortable putting myself in. I shall be attending, the game at the weekend against Hull, but if there was a repeat of the Crawley game and after taking a goal lead was to concede two good goals in the last 10 minutes, the two extremes I imagine would grow either further despite there being another 126 points left to play for in what is a far longer season than a certain section of Bolton have experienced before, myself included in this. The two late goals don’t go in however and we see out the game to win 1-0 and the problems will seem less real, with a new found feel good factor to be taken into the next fixture against Marvin Sordell’s old club, Watford, with all things being again possible in the season (except winning the Capital One Cup, of course).
The old problem that had been brought up time and time again is the issue of who would Coyle be replaced with, some names that I have seen mentioned are ludicrous such as Peter Reid and Phil Brown, bring back an ex-player who understands and genuinely cares the club, this being the "lets rehire a Coyle approach." The other option that seems to have gathered credibility is to hire current Match Of The Day 2 pundit, Mick McCarthy. This is a man that managed to take down a seemingly more talented Wolves team, see the transfer fee’s some of their players have gone for. The only major achievement getting Ireland to the knockout stages of a World Cup, his managerial CV hardly sets the world alight. Plus he turned down the chance to manage Nottingham Forest, stating he only wanted to go to a Premier League side. Another name is Alan Curbishley, who’s been out of football so long that Carlos Tevez still played for Man United when he was last in management.
More names will be pulled out if defeat to Hull does happen, but with limited finances, is their really someone who loves the club more than Coyle, is their really somebody who knows the playing staff as well and with a seemingly lack of viable alternatives, I fully believe the efforts of the fans should be in getting behind their side. Loses at Hull, Watford, Birmingham and Sheffield Wednesday may see one side of the hashtag wars become the only logical place to pitch the tents just as being in and around the top half will keep the fence sitters with a sore behind and the doubters snapping. Remember though last season, Reading had lost 4 of the opening 6, including defeats at the KC Stadium and at home to Watford. If we lose to any team in any division, it hurts me just as much as fan but the axe man still has a long and twisting road to walk.