Rollercoaster ride for Cahill

While he has been able to consolidate his place as a regular in

Fabio Capello’s England side, Bolton have endured a torrid start to

the season. Cahill helped the Trotters to a crucial 3-1 win over

Wigan at the weekend, and the centre-half admits it has been an

up-and-down start to the campaign. The former Aston Villa man

admits it was hard not knowing where he would be playing, as up

until transfer deadline day he was being linked with the likes of

Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham and Chelsea. “It’s been difficult in

the sense that one minute you think you’re staying and the next you

think you’re going,” Cahill said. “The worst thing about it is that

everything is outside your control. It was strange in that sense

and, for me, this season has been a bit of a rollercoaster. “I was

on a high at QPR, winning and scoring a goal, then on a low, losing

and conceding a lot of goals after that. “I was on a high playing

for England, scoring against Bulgaria and keeping two clean sheets

and then back down, playing Manchester United and conceding five.”

Cahill also backed his boss Owen Coyle, insisting that he never

considered that his job would be under threat despite their poor

start to the season. “I don’t think his future is in doubt. You can

see the run of games we’ve had,” he said. “And the way the top

clubs have been performing this season, it was unlikely that we

were going to get results.”