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Bolton boss given dreaded vote of confidence

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Bolton chairman Phil Gartside insists he still has faith in Gary Megson's qualities as manager.

Megson was given the task of preserving the club's Barclays Premier League status when Gartside appointed him as manager just over two years ago, and the decision was rewarded as Wanderers secured survival with an undefeated run at the end of the 2007-08 season.

Bolton have had mixed fortunes since then but currently find themselves in trouble again having accrued just 12 points from their opening 14 matches this campaign.

Megson's team are second from bottom and pressure has been mounting on the manager ahead of Saturday's match against Manchester City, but Gartside told The Bolton News: "When Gary was appointed, I got a bloke who I wanted, and who could do what I wanted him to do."

He added: "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.

He said: "None of us are stupid. 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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