18 February ~ Owen Coyle was a "Judas" when he left Turf Moor but hailed as a "saviour" at Bolton where fans had despaired of the style of play produced under his predecessor Gary Megson. Coyle promised a change in the footballing philosophy, signing Arsenal's young talent Jack Wilshere on loan as if to prove a point. But Wilshere has seen his game time limited to one full appearance and, after eight matches under Coyle, Bolton have secured just six points with only one win. What is more startling is that under Coyle's exciting new regime his team have only found the net on three occasions.
The new dawn is suddenly looking not so bright, the football is not much different and the results, if anything, are worse. No one who saw it was impressed by last night's attritional goalless draw at Wigan. Staying at Burnley would not have diminished Coyle's reputation. Indeed, even if he hadn't kept them up he would attracted the attention of bigger clubs. Now though, he has a team short on confidence and quality. Bolton's next four games, all against lower-table opposition, may decide their season. The "saviour" has to work a miracle quickly. Matt Hocken