Player unrest at the Reebok – are Bolton a sinking ship?

There are many reasons why Bolton will be relegated this season. Firstly, they reside in the bottom three of the division so they’ll have to better the results of Birmingham and Sunderland to stay in the division. Secondly, they seem woefully short of goals since Nicolas Anelka departed for Chelsea during January and finally, because certain members of the Bolton squad appear to be giving up the fight or storming off in a huff.

Although the Press Association reports that Trotters manager Gary Megson has denied that there is player unrest in the camp, the evidence points to the contrary. Although Abdoulaye Meite is nothing short of a disgrace for refusing to play the second half at Old Trafford the other week, it hardly smacks of great team spirit. As for Ivan Campo’s spoilt brat impression after being subbed against Man City, does this just add to the evidence that the players are giving up?

But Megson said: “There is no dissent – it’s a terrific dressing room with a great squad of players.”

He added: “Something happened at Manchester United that I’ve never seen before and wouldn’t want to see again.

“Abdoulaye Meite just said he didn’t want to go out for the second half. I was surprised and disappointed, but we’ve dealt with it as a club.

“The latest one was Ivan getting a bit stroppy when he was brought off, but he’s done that a couple of times.

“What disappointed me more was that after the (Manchester) City game I wasn’t talking about how well we had played, but we ended up talking about Ivan and his walk up the tunnel.

“Once you start focusing on things that don’t particularly matter, then you’ve got a huge problem.

“There is a perception from outside the club as to what is going on in the inside – but it’s just not there. The players are fine.”

As a footall supporter, there is nothing worse than seeing your team going down without a fight, especially if the players have already started to eye up the exit door. Bolton need to get some form of result against Arsenal on Saturday or it will start to look like a doomed campaign for the Lancashire club.

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