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Rumour Mill-Traitor's Gate to Bolton for Coyle?

Rumour Mill-Traitor's Gate to Bolton for Coyle?

Normally you take rumours in the media with a pinch of salt but when the journalist is Alan Nixon, who has close connections with Owen Coyle you tend to sit up and take note.

In the Mirror today he states that Bolton chairman, Phil Gartside was given permission to speak to Coyle by Burnley operations director Brendan Flood over the weekend and that the two met up in Glasgow.

Coyle was supposed to be up in Scotland for a family reunion according to Sandy Stewart who in Coyle's absence was given the onerous task of speaking in the post-match interview following the MK Dons victory on Saturday.

Sadly for Clarets fans, Nixon goes on to say that Gartside managed to persuade Coyle to come to Bolton with the expectation that he will be in charge by the time Bolton face Arsenal at the Emirates on Wednesday night. Some baptism of fire!

More worrying still is the reason stated by Nixon which apparantly had nothing to do with the salary side but all to do with the superior budget Bolton would have to buy new players compared to the pathetic one available at Turf Moor. It is well known that Bolton a club also struggling for survival in the Premier League have a budget three times that of the Clarets. It would appear Coyle has been frustrated by the lack of ambition shown by the Board with their shoestring budget giving him an uphill battle to compete in the top-flight.

Of course there is no official announcement yet so a lot of this is conjecture at the moment but with Nixon saying it and also now Sky Sports suggesting a similar story it looks like it's the end of the road for Coyle as Clarets manager.

If this is true it will be a huge body blow to Clarets fans. I will not repeat my personal thoughts on the matter other than to say I will be very disappointed by Coyle's decision if true and even more annoyed with the club for the way they have handled the whole affair.

I guess I just have to accept that all managers have ambition and that once again words have a hollow meaning and there is no such thing as loyalty. We used to live in a better world! Life will go on for Clarets fans as it always does but if Coyle goes which is looking increasingly likely, this will hurt big time and will be a severe knock to our chances of surviving in the Premier League with all the financial benefits that would provide.

This article is purely the individual opinion of the Editor and has no bearing on any other Clarets organisation of which he is involved

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Date:Monday January 4 2010
Time: 9:07AM


I hate Christmas! Bah Humbug
04/01/2010 09:15:00
Coyle operating with a budget of £14million at Turf Moor – by far the lowest in the Premier League. Bolton have a £40million pot (Source:LT)
04/01/2010 09:49:00
If indeed this is the end, which is still unconfirmed, then it's time to start thinking about new beginnings, and get behind the team. I very much doubt if they will throw in the towel, and are every bit as good today as they were yesterday. Owen Coyle is a football manager, and never has been a god, except in our minds. We now need to re-open our minds to the realities that IF he goes to Bolton (or anywhere else) (a) they may well go down anyway whatever the size of their budget (b) we can still definitely stay up (c) we may well end up with a better manager. All you have to do to get a handle on some of his weaknesses is trawl back through this site over recent weeks. But, despite those fairly well-established flaws - God only knows we all have them - I very much hope he stays and I will stay loyal till that's proven otherwise.
Couch Potato
04/01/2010 09:53:00
If SSN is correct then Coyle is the new Bolton Manager and I am gutted, but would like you to put a thread up for possible new managers. If God has turned into an ArCoyle over the weekend then I like you Phil will want to get it off my chest. His words will be empty from now on in. Perhaps he didn't like being challenged about his continued selection of Robbie away from home, who knows etc etc. Finally for this bit, if there is a God please make sure Bolton finish below Burnley this season.
04/01/2010 09:59:00
The biggest problem we face if he goes is the time-factor and the timing. I assume Sandy Stewart will follow him to Bolton as well so Steve Davis will probably be caretaker manager until we sort out the mess. He will be close enough to follow in Coyle's tradition I assume but how gutted will the players be and what chance do we have of holding onto them if Coyle comes in for them from Bolton with his massive budget compared to our pathetic one? We could have a demotivated,destabilised team. Our intentions to bring in Wilshere could also be scuppered if Wenger was only letting him come here because of Coyle & his style of football. What else was in the transfer pipeline which will now be on hold probably unless they can sort out a manager this month? This could have a lot of implications and we have little time to sort it all out. We are also having to sort it all out just two points off the drop-zone. It's hard to remain positive under those circumstances. Sometimes football stinks and at times far too many smells seem to eminate from Burnley FC
04/01/2010 10:06:00
Nothing new about the budget for us or Bolton - either to us or to Coyle. Sounds like he was always planning to jump when a suitable horse came along. Let's start a sweep for when he leaves Bolton because he has a lower budget than Birmingham, West Ham etc. Will also be interesting what happens if Bolton go down and the benefactor with the £50m-£100m loan invested still demands his alleged 10% annual interest on his investment.
04/01/2010 10:08:00
LT think our top target will be Darren Ferguson on assumption they will want a young up and coming,ambitious manager with prospects again(yeah right and probably CHEAPER!!). They also mention-Steve Coppell(yeah like that one), Billy Davies and Paul Jewell(Yawn!). Also in frame could be Sean O`Driscoll,Mike Phelan,Peter Reid(Yawn!), Alan Curbishley (yep nice one), Brian Laws and Alan Irvine (oh great proven Championship failed managers) [Edited by turfmanphil]
04/01/2010 10:14:00
Agree with you on that CC, I am also quite uptight about the players he brought in not trusting him anymore. Fletcher for example at 3 Million is now left without his mentor, does he think why did I sign such a long contract for OC or does he think Bolton may buy me for 6 Million? Pick any of the others for similar equations. I for one would not sell the used tea bags from Gawthorpe to Bolton for at least 4 weeks, which is how long I anticipate my extreme anger to last should the story be correct!
04/01/2010 10:15:00
Without doubt, Gartside has wooed Owen Coyle but I think he has taken quite a risk. Phil, I think apportioning any blame on our board is a bit our of order to be honest. Maybe Kilby shouldn't have given us free season tickets? He knew what he had to work with in this first season and signed a contract extension in that knowledge. He has let us down, no question. And showed a complete lack of heart for those around him. I just hope the club are steadfast in resisting Bolton's attempts to sign any of our players in this transfer window. That really would be the final insult.
04/01/2010 10:18:00
On the subject of new managers, well it's something we weren't expecting so I'm not sure going for a young ambitious manager long term is the right thing to do. Steve Davis in a caretaker capacity I desperately hope he doesn't follow OC. It won't seem a popular choice but we need a manager high on charisma and capable of keeping the troops motivated. Dare I mention Neil Warnock? He'd jump at the chance for another crack at the Prem in the role as an underdog and might have the battle hardened ingredients needed for the job in hand.
04/01/2010 10:24:00
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