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Alarm bells sounding for Everton

By ESPN Staff

Gartside keeps faith in Megson

Bolton chairman Phil Gartside insists manager Gary Megson's job is safe, despite their precarious position in the bottom three.

When Megson was appointed at the helm of Wanderers in October 2007, the club were in a similar position, having taken just five points from ten games. Megson secured his first win as Bolton manager with a victory over Manchester United, and an undefeated run of three wins and two draws at the end of the season helped secure survival.

With just 12 points from 14 matches this season, Bolton are second from bottom and pressure has been mounting on the manager ahead of Saturday's match against Manchester City, but Gartside believes he still has the right man in charge to take the club forward.

"When Gary was appointed, I got a bloke who I wanted, and who could do what I wanted him to do,'' Gartside told The Bolton News. "Now those qualities that I believe he has got are still there. I want someone who can battle in situations when his back is against the wall, and getting muck and bullets thrown at him from here, there and everywhere. I want him to stand up and still be there.

"I don't want someone who is going to crumble because someone has shouted his name out in the wrong context at a football match. It needs to be someone with bottle and spirit, and that's what we have got.''

Gartside admitted things had to improve and said the weight of expectancy was on everybody at the club.

"None of us are stupid," he said. "If you are second bottom of the league, you are under pressure, whether it is the first game of the season, or four games before the end. That's the job and that's our territory.

"You have got to be able to absorb that pressure and react to it in the right way, not the wrong way. As long as that's happening, and as long as you are confident that you can deal with that pressure, that's a very important part of it.''


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