Bolton Wanderers manager Keith Hill has insisted that the club’s fortunes will not change overnight, simply if he is removed from his position at the University of Bolton Stadium.
Hill and his side have come under fire recently, after winning just one of their last ten league games – a 2-0 victory at home to fellow struggler Tranmere Rovers.
But despite that recent run of form, Hill is insistent that progress is being made at the club, something he says is evident when looking at where the club found themselves not that long ago.
Speaking to the Bolton News about the criticism levelled at him, Hill said: “Sometimes you have to look back at the past to realise how far you have come and there are a lot of comparisons being made with respect to where we are now and where we were last season. We have made big progress.
“Is it evident in results? No. It takes time. You can sack me tomorrow and results are not going to change overnight. There’s no quick fix at this football club and people have got to realise that.”
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Wanderers – who were deducted 12 points at the start of the season for entering administration – remain rooted to the foot of the League One table, 18 points adrift of safety with 16 games left to play.
The Trotters are next in action on Saturday afternoon, when they host Wycombe at the University of Bolton Stadium.
I do think Hill has a point here.
Not only did the situation they found themselves in at the start of the season leave them playing catchup, but they have also been forced to undergo a squad overhaul on several occasions this season.
That of course means that the majority of their side has found themselves adapting to new tactics and teammates midway through a season, which is not going to be easy for any player.
Even so, if Bolton are to have any hope of completing an incredible great escape this season, results are going to have to improve sooner rather than later, meaning the pressure still looks to be well and truly on for Hill and his side.