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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!



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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday December 30 2009

Time: 1:18PM

Your Comments

Do we not need this! What is it about Christmas? Nightmare
turfmanphil
According to Bolton News,Owen Coyle is reported to have ruled himself out of contention for the vacant Bolton Wanderers post. It leaves Hughes - who is thought to want a quick return to Premiership management - as favourite. Bookmaker Fred Done has him as 3-1, followed by Paul Jewell (7-2), Darren Ferguson (6-1), Alan Curbishley (8-1), Steve Coppell (8-1), Gareth Southgate (16-1), Peter Reid (20-1), Iain Dowie (25-1) and Peter Taylor (25-1)
turfmanphil
I Did not have any worries about Coyle going to Bolton.
grimsby claret
I can't see him going before end of season. Get feeling he'd like to get the job done.
skutter169
Agree with Skutter - Am confident Owen will remain until the end of the season. As for the list of other candidates, I cant see it being either Coppell or Curbishley - I think they have both expressed a desire to manage in the south.
claretdale
Its all gettiing complicated: Former Bolton midfielder Peter Reid, currently assistant boss at Stoke, is being lined up as Wanderers' next manager after Gary Megson was sacked on Wednesday. Full story: Daily Express The Times also suggest he will be in there as caretaker until end of season
turfmanphil
Telegraph and Mail today (31st Dec) say following:Bolton will turn to Darren Ferguson as their next manager if they fail to persuade Burnley boss Owen Coyle to replace Megson. (Daily Telegraph) Mark Hughes, sacked as Manchester City boss before Christmas, is not interested in the vacant Bolton job and Coyle and former Wigan boss Paul Jewell have also ruled out the possibility of taking charge at the Reebok Stadium. Full story: Daily Mail
turfmanphil
Sky Sports: Coyle insists he has no intention of leaving his current position, with his attention solely on Burnley's FA Cup third round tie against MK Dons on Saturday. "It is a fantastic job for someone out there but my focus is on doing the best against MK Dons this weekend," said Coyle. "I have had speculation time and time again but, as always, I am concentrating on the job in hand."
turfmanphil
Oh *****! What's going on?-Burnley boss Owen Coyle, who ruled himself out the running for the vacant Bolton job earlier this week, is set to make a dramatic U-turn and will leave the Clarets to take charge at the Reebok Stadium. The Sun -Sat 2/1/10
turfmanphil
Yep I read that too TMP and it is also in the mirror. I am have now also done a u turn and am starting to worry.
sheclaret
When it starts to become speculation reacting to speculation there is always the chance that things get completely away from the point. No approach from Bolton. Gartside and Flood are pals. He knows where he is if he wants to approach him.
cubanclaret
 

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