Megson Sacking raises Coyle Link Again
Gary Megson has been sacked as Bolton Wanderers manager after two years in charge.
Megson, now 50 was never a favourite with Bolton fans and he was booed after the Trotters could only muster a draw at home against second from bottom side Hull last night (Tuesday 29th)
Bolton of course were also at Turf Moor on Boxing Day and despite a draw looked a poor side in general with the Bolton fans clearly subdued and unimpressed.
A statement on the club's website reads:
'The decision has been taken in light of the position the club finds itself at the halfway point of the season.'
Megson is the third Premier League mamager to lose his job this season following hot on the heels of Mark Hughes at Manchester City and Paul Hart at Portsmouth.
Clarets fans of course would probably not have wanted to hear this news since it will fuel speculation again that Owen Coyle might be tempted away to manage the club he played for between 1993-95. Coyle helped them gain promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs final against Reading in 1995 and has always been a popular figure with Bolton fans.
He appears to be the Bolton fans favourite for their new manager but Bolton Wanderers Chairman Phil Gartside would have to put together a significant financial package and probably provide him with a large budget to spend on new players in order to tempt him away from Turf Moor.
Coyle of course though has remained totally loyal to Burnley FC so far and has not been enticed away either by Celtic, the club he supported as a child or by Scotland at national level during the time George Burley was under pressure to keep his job.
All Clarets fans will be hoping nothing has changed and that Coyle is determined to see the job through with Burnley as they attempt to survive their first season in the Premier League.
We also have to hope that Coyle has not been frustrated by the lack of funds to spend in the January window and wont be tempted away to a club who despite being in a similar lowly position in the legaue could potentially have more to spend on increasing their survival chances.
The Board may have to take note and ask themselves for the sake of a bigger budget whether they could afford to lose their biggest asset at this crucial time of the season.
Coyle may be the fans favourite but there are others in the frame not least of course Mark Hughes who would no doubt be keen to quickly return to managing a Premier League club as soon as possible if he could.
Peter Reid, a former player is also a popular figure with Bolton fans and still lives in the Bolton area. It is understood he would be keen to take over and it is mooted he might do so at least as caretaker manager in the first instance. The former Manchester City, Sunderland, Leeds and Coventry manager is currently second-in-command at Stoke City.
Steve McClaren, currently manager of Dutch side FC Twente is also another possibility but it is unlikely they would be able to lure back former cult Bolton manager Sam Allardyce from Blackburn Rovers even if they wanted to!