Two wins, one draw, and three losses in the last six games are not helping Bolton Wanderers' hopes for promotion or Owen Coyle's cause. The Trotters are rooted deep in the table and need a turn of results in order to start climbing. Following Bolton's loss to Millwall last weekend, the calls for Coyle's head have never been higher from the Wanderers faithful.
Bolton (and the rest of the Football League) now have two weeks without any matches and have two weeks to sort something out, whether it is in terms of a new manager or a training ground fix. The issue really is that even though the club have put themselves under "100% pressure" to be promoted back to the Premier League at the first time of asking and have set a goal of two points per game, there is no publicly available defining line for what Owen Coyle needs to keep his job.
Speaking to the Bolton News, Owen Coyle is now taking the blame but insists that he will not quit his Bolton post:
"I would never ever walk away from Bolton Wanderers. If, when we speak, that the powers that be feel the club need to go in a different direction then I'd understand that. It's football."
The manager now has just under two weeks to sort out the issues at Bolton Wanderers in order to turn results Bolton's way. Meanwhile, chairman Phil Gartside and owner Eddie Davies have their own decisions to make:
"It's not something I'm going to run from. Phil and Eddie know my thoughts because I speak to them on a daily basis. They know how much I care about Bolton Wanderers.
"Of course, I'll take stock of the situation. All I want is the best for the club - whether that's Owen Coyle there, or someone else. If there's someone better suited to the football club it's something I won't avoid. I'll analyse and see if there's anything more I could have done as manager in the build up to the game.
"I know myself and my staff are working relentlessly. We are working our socks off.
Coyle also insisted that the club's long-term plan is sound but he accepts that if results don't turn in Bolton's favor, he won't have a chance to see the plan out:
"This sounds bizarre, daft, given the situation, but I know what we've put in place here at the football club, I know the infrastructure and that everything is in place for the club to kick on and be very healthy for many years to come," he said.
"Equally, I've got to accept that people don't want to hear about that. They only want results on the pitch.
"When you are winning games then all that sounds like it's rosy in the garden.
"Coming off the win at Sheffield Wednesday there's no doubting it's been three disappointing games. We wanted a far greater amount of points than we have taken from them.
"If we had, we'd be in a good position to make a challenge. I've no fear we will but we're making it harder for ourselves every week."