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Rumour Mill-Bolton want Owen Coyle?

Rumour Mill-Bolton want Owen Coyle?

Bolton want to replace boss Gary Megson with Burnley manager Owen Coyle in the summer according to the News of the World.

If true this is obviously a compliment following the success of our manager this season with the club having good runs in the two domestic Cup competitions and still pushing for a play-offs spot in the Championship!

It is quite clear Owen Coyle would know how to beat Premier League sides with the Clarets having beaten Fulham, Arsenal, Chelsea, Spurs and West Brom in a game this season.

It would be a terrible wrench for Clarets fans though if we were to lose the gaffer and the blow would only be softened really if we achieved promotion to the Premier League this season.

Bolton's current manager, Gary Megson took over at the club in October 2007 signing a two and a half years deal. The club at the time was at the foot of the Premier League following Sammy Lee's tenure at the helm.

Megson took over the job knowing he wasn't the club's first choice with Steve Bruce and Chris Coleman believed to have been ahead of the former West Brom manager in preference.

Bolton survived the drop though but have now become a midtable side, currently 12th this season in the Championship and not yet completely safe with only seven points more than current third from bottom club, Blackburn Rovers. Co-incidentally of course Rovers are now managed by probably Bolton's best former manager in recent times, Sam Allardyce. Mid-table would not be good enough for the ambitious Bolton board though with the club in past recent seasons pushing for a place in Europe. Bolton finished sixth in 2004-5 qualifying for the UEFA Cup for the first time in their history.

Megson has also had a love, mainly hate relationship with the Bolton fans and was verbally abused after the 2-2 draw at Blackburn last month by a section of the fans. His days may well be numbered

Coyle has strong links with Bolton however and this could explain their interest if the rumour is true.

In the summer of 1993, Bolton forked out £250,000 to sign Coyle from Airdrieonians.

During his two year spell in England he was involved in a promotion and a brief chance to play in the Premiership. As a striker he scored 12 goals in 54 appearances for the Trotters

In October 1995 he was transferred to Dundee United for £400,000.

Could the rumour be true?

Well not according to Bolton who in an official statement have described the speculation in the News of the World as unfounded, wholly inaccurate and misleading

'It is just rubbish.' said a Club Spokesman

Either way let's hope we can keep Coyle where he is needed at Turf Moor.

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Date:Sunday February 22 2009
Time: 11:55AM


The price of success I guess and if true a compliment to the Clarets performance this season under his stewardship! Dont do it Owen!!
22/02/2009 11:58:00
Don't normally hold much by the NOTW so am not too worried about this story. However, it is inevitable that Mr C will be linked with other jobs from time to time as he is clearly destined for bigger things. As Phil points out, he used to be a Trotter so the rule of football will attach him to any managerial vacancy at The Reebok in the same way that Brian Laws will always be linked to the Turf Moor hotseat. Owen is our manager at present so I say we support him while he can and if he wants to better himself at a later stage - and most of us would do the same - good luck to him.
22/02/2009 14:23:00
You just knew this would come about at some point,if we don't get up you can see this happening :-(
22/02/2009 16:36:00
Sounds like it's hogwash though if you believe the Bolton statement
22/02/2009 16:44:00
Hmmm not sure!! I could see the Bolton fans rubbing their hands with glee at this they have never taken to Megson,I hope there is nothing in it where would we find a replacement i can't think of anybody at the moment?
22/02/2009 16:52:00
Well they were interested in Chris Coleman originally so he might be tempted to move up a division again. Cant see them getting Steve Bruce who was also on original shortlist ahead of Megson. Maybe they should bring Big Sam back and realise they messed up bigtime by letting him go in first place
22/02/2009 16:58:00
Its inevitable that Owen Coyle will be linked to a number of jobs in the summer and the Bolton job would certainly make sense given Owen played there. I think obviously at some stage he will move on but I believe Owen is an honourable man which is increasingly rare these days in football and I think he will still be the Burnley manager next season because it will be his choice to stay. I also think Bolton will try to entice him away in the summer but as I say I don't think he will take it if offered.
22/02/2009 17:03:00
Vital Bolton now have an interesting take on this and they say: ''Journalist` Chris Bascombe concocted the tale after trawling some of the less salubrious Bolton forums and finding that a small number of fans are in favour of Coyle taking the reins. Mr Bascombe has a promising future in front of him, but only if the BBC revive their Jackanory programme." lol ;-)
22/02/2009 20:02:00
Just because of the title of the newspaper and an editor on a fans website thinks its untrue means absolutely nothing to be fair to it. I could probably say a lot on this matter, but I'd rather not lol.
23/02/2009 01:09:00
Nobody really knows if there is any truth in this or not. All we can do is report what is being said out there in the media and form our own judgement and debate the what ifs.
23/02/2009 09:52:00
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