Andy Hughes Explains Bolton Role & Leeds Salute

  • September 01, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Andy Hughes has been pressured into explaining his role at Bolton, as well as telling supporters about the 'Leeds salute' that hit a nerve at the weekend.

Hughes left Charlton Athletic at the end of last season and joined Wanderers as Professional Development Coach in July, as well as being registered as a player.

He was an unused substitute as Bolton lost to his former club at Elland Road on Saturday and after being quizzed about a 'salute' that he and Jermaine Beckford both made to Leeds supporters, Hughes opened up to disgruntled fans who made the journey to Yorkshire.

"I understand how mad you must be and I am big enough to answer you," Hughes told supporters on Twitter. "We have to stick together as fans and a team and come out of this period.

"My role at the club is to play and assist the young players and, as an experienced player, also help and play for the first-team.

"At the minute, we have three full-backs injured and three midfield players and, yesterday, we should have at least won or got a point.

"We feel worse for letting you, as fans, down and our own families.

"Playing for Leeds and being successful there (means) I had an amazing relationship with the fans and I will always be thankful to them, as indeed I'm sure Bolton legends will be thankful - i.e. Kevin Davies.

"To you, as Bolton fans, I hope this answers you. Please stay positive, as we need to stick together."

Hughes joined Leeds from Norwich City in August 2007 and went on to make 139 appearances, scoring once, before moving to Scunthorpe United in January 2011.

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