League place hurts Bolton
Bolton's perilous league position means they can not resolve their out-of-contract players' futures.
Last Updated: 02/01/08 2:36pm
Bolton's perilous league position means they can not resolve the future of their out-of-contract players.
The Trotters - who face rock-bottom Derby at the Reebok on Wednesday in a clash live on Sky Sports 1 - are currently sitting in 16th place in the league, just one point above the drop zone.
This precarious position means they can not start detailed contract negotiations with players such as keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen - who is out of contract in the summer - until they know where they will be playing their football next season.
Speaking of the situation, Bolton manager Gary Megson said: "I have spoken to Jussi and one of the issues we have is our standing in the league.
"We are in a tenuous position, although it is a bit better than it was a couple of months ago.
"But we are not in a position where we can plan long-term because we have short-term problems.
"It is difficult to look six months ahead. Jussi and every other person whose contract is coming to an end in the summer will have to wait until we can deal with it properly."
Megson believes the Trotters need to improve their win ratio if they are to survive in the Premier League, starting against the Rams.
"Our form throughout the past year has not been good enough," he said.
"We played 37 Premier League games and won eight. We need to get back to the standard set a few years ago."
Megson and Derby manager Paul Jewell are good friends but this friendship will count for nothing as the Trotters go all out to win on Wednesday.
"Paul remains a good friend and always will be. He has done me a lot of favours the last 12 months," said the Bolton boss.
"Derby are not a mug team. They did well against Newcastle and Liverpool without getting any reward from those matches.
"But it is more a case of what we do. It is imperative we win our home matches."