Coyle coping with expectations

However, he is not about to start complaining when the heat comes

his way. Having been lauded for his work at the Reebok Stadium

since succeeding Gary Megson in January 2010 and linked with some

of England’s top jobs, Coyle has found his own position under

scrutiny after a poor start to the 2011-12 season. A run of eight

defeats from nine Premier League games saw the Trotters mired in

the bottom three, and a raft of injuries coupled with some

difficult fixtures did not stop the vultures circling. They will

begin Saturday’s clash with West Brom still in the relegation zone,

but the pressure on Coyle has certainly been eased by a 5-0 victory

over Stoke prior to the international break. The former Burnley and

St Johnstone boss said: “People can reel off the stats but one win

could take us into 11th position, so it shows you how tight it is.

All we can do is focus on our job and look to win games. If we do

that then we’ll continue to move up the league. “I’ve been very

fortunate in my seven years in management that where I’ve been I’ve

had relative success. With that comes expectation, and there’s

nothing wrong with that. “We were outstanding last season with our

level of performance so you want to build on that. “Sometimes

there’s uncontrollables that go against you, certainly the serious

injuries we’ve had and the run of fixtures didn’t help us, but

you’ve got to come through that and we’re more than capable of

doing that. “What we have to do is perform on a consistent basis,

and if we do that we’ll meet the expectations that everybody has

for us.” After the joy and relief of the Stoke result, which neatly

reversed the FA Cup semi-final defeat against the Potters last

season that signalled the start of Bolton’s slump, the last thing

they wanted was a two-week break for internationals. But Coyle is

confident his side can continue their improvement at The Hawthorns

this weekend, and he said: “We know when the international breaks

are coming so there was no problem with that, and I would hope you

get us the same way every time, upbeat and vibrant and looking

forward to our football. “We now go to another big game against

West Brom looking to replicate the performance we showed against

Stoke. “It was a much-needed and valued three points, and level of

performance, and that’s what we have to do. We have to transmit our

training performances into the matches, and if we do that we’ve

shown we can win games and win points and move up the league.”