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Bitter Taste for Burley, Poor Taste for Coyle

Owen Coyle has been quick to dismiss media speculation linking him to the Scotland manager's job calling it poor taste.

George Burley tasted bitter defeat last night as Scotland failed to qualify for the World Cup 2010. They lost 1-0 to Holland at Hampden Park last night in a Group Nine World Cup qualifier.

The Scots put in a spirited performance last night but fell to a late goal in the 82nd minute by Elia. No Clarets player was involved in the action with both Graham Alexander and Steven Fletcher sitting out the match on the bench.

The result though meant Scotland finished third in Group 9, with just 10 points from eight games and therefore failed to qualify for the World Cup 2010 in South Africa. Holland with a 100% record finished top with Norway pipping Scotland in second on goal difference.

The last time Scotland qualified for a major competition was in 1998 and there is now believed to be considerable pressure on manager, George Burley to keep his job.

Burley clearly wants to stay as Scotland manager but the Scottish FA have yet to discuss the situation with him and decide on their intentions.

Despite this the media have been quick to fuel speculation on who might be a suitable replacement for Burley and one name that has been mentioned is our own, Owen Coyle.

Coyle though has also been just as quick to support George Burley and brand the speculation linking him to the job as poor taste.

'I really felt for George,' Coyle told BBC Radio Lancashire.

'There's been a couple of good goal-scoring opportunities missed during the campaign and if they'd gone in things could've been different.'

In terms of the Scotland job he said:

'It's something I never, ever envisaged and the other thing is, Scotland have a manager.People were linking me with jobs last year, and I think it's always in poor taste when people mention other peoples' names when there's someone already in jobs'

No doubt this one will run and run, rather like the Celtic speculation in early pre-season but ces't la vie!

In the other internationals the only Clarets player that featured was Martin Paterson and he too had a fairly bad night with Northern Ireland going down 2-0 in a Group 3 World Cup Qualifying match against leaders Slovakia at Windsor Park. Paterson`s recent knack of missing sitters for the Clarets appears to have followed him onto the International stage. Pato missed a chance from six yards in the first half and then missed another glorious opportunity just before Slovakia got their second and decisive goal. Northern Ireland's hopes now of making the World Cup finals are almost certainly over after this defeat left them third in their qualifying group. They now have to beat the Czech Republic in Prague next month and then pray that Slovenia can`t defeat little San Marino four days later.

Andre Bikey was another Clarets player who had to be content with bench warming last night. He could only sit and watch his country Cameroon as they defeated Gabon 2-1 in their African World Cup Qualifier to now lead the Group A table looking strong candidates to qualify. Bikey could now be going to South Africa after all next year giving Clarets fans some extra interest in the competition.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday September 10 2009

Time: 4:53PM

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We have already had practice at dealing with rumours about Owen, and my guess is we will have many more opportunities to practice what we have learned in the process, as I reckon Owen will stay with us for a good while yet, while being linked with all kinds of great jobs.
Couch Potato
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10/09/2009 17:00:00

Oh hell, keep Burley on for gawds sake! If he gets sacked this is only going to destabilise Burnley again. In the worst case scenario, if Coyle was offered the chance to lead Scotland, do you think he would take it or if not be a fool to turn it down?
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10/09/2009 17:00:00

Que serra serra Coyle is staying at BURNLEY! everyone can keep their dirty mits off him he is ours.
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10/09/2009 17:31:00

I listen to Coyle backing Burley to keep his job on an interview on talksport this afternoon! not a mention him being linked? who would want it anyhow? Souness maybe haha!!
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10/09/2009 19:54:00

There is no way Coyle will leave Burnley while we are in the premier League.
Grimsby Claret
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10/09/2009 20:53:00

Why would Coyle want the job? He's Irish! ;)
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10/09/2009 21:16:00

Because he IS Irish? ;-) Well actually he aint, I think he's technically a Scot since he was born there but qualified for Rep of Ireland due to his Irish Ancestry! Hell I am sounding like Roy Cropper now
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10/09/2009 22:14:00

Daily Record Friday 11th Sept-"However, three names in the frame for the Scotland job, should Burley get the sack, are Rangers boss Walter Smith, former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan and Dundee United boss Craig Levein."
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11/09/2009 08:42:00

Didn't Smith used to manage Scotland?
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11/09/2009 12:11:00

Why would he want to take a step down? It just doesn't add up and I feel very happy that he is staying...
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11/09/2009 17:42:00


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