Date:Thursday April 9 2009
Owen Coyle has agreed a new contract that will ensure he remains at Turf Moor until at least 2012. The extension to his three-and-a-half-year contract signed in Novemver 2007 adds at least 12 months extra and the news will gladden the hearts of all Clarets fans after a number of Premier League sides were believed to be interested in the gaffer. In particular, in February he was strongly linked with replacing Gary Megson at Bolton Wanderers in the summer and it is understood Burnley began negotiations about that time to extend Coyle's contract and keep him at Turf Moor. Brendan Flood though has indicated this was pure co-incidence and related to Coyle's performance this season with the contract extension being just reward after getting the Clarets to the Carling Cup semi-finals and potentially ensuring we will finish the highest we have at this level for over 30 years. There is also a strong chance we could be in the play-offs with five games left to play and could even be plying our trade in the top flight next season.
Owen Coyle has been quoted as saying earlier this year:
"I have got no intentions of going anywhere. I love it at this football club and we are not anywhere near where I want to be in terms of taking the club on. I didn't bring players into this football club to be upping and leaving at the first opportunity. That was never going to be the case because we want to continue what we are doing and look to build. We are all in this together and I am here for as long as the club want me, they know that. So much so that the chairman, Brendan Flood and I have had a chat about making the contract a bit longer. We will deal with that when the time is right and I am very much on board for that because we do have ambitious plans to take this club on."
Brendan Flood has revealed the deal is now close to being finalised and has said about the new contract:
"I think all bar putting pen to paper we've agreed a contract which Owen is content with, then hopefully he'll be leading us to success, wherever we are.It's at least a year more. It might be longer."
Well done, Owen!
Date:Thursday April 9 2009
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