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Gartside convinced Coyle will keep Bolton up

Bolton Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside is convinced manager Owen Coyle will keep them up.

While Wanderers will have two games in hand on many of the teams around them when they return to action against Swansea City next Saturday, they could potentially be five points adrift of Wigan and QPR by the time they get the chance to make amends.

But Gartside told the Bolton News: "I've got the easiest job in the world managing Owen Coyle.

"I have implicit trust in him. I can't tell him how to set a team up, how to do training, or set his staff up, I can only be supportive. People sometimes say he's unreal, he's always positive, he has faith - but that's him and that's why I love working with him.

"I know what he wants and he knows I'll support him, and that's what we're about. I don't sit with him and analyse the game - I don't even talk to him about football. People think I must go and talk tactics, but I don't even want to hear the team when he's made his mind up on Friday afternoon.

"If he wants support on that front, of course I'll listen. But the relationship has got to be that way and it has been the same for every manager I've ever had here."

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