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The Coyle Aftermath & Board's Intentions

A press conference was held yesterday by Chairman, Barry Kilby and Operations Director, Brendan Flood. They discussed what the departure of manager Owen Coyle to Bolton meant for the club and what their intentions were to find a replacement.

They also confirmed that should the game against Stoke City at Turf Moor on Saturday go ahead that weather permitting Steve Davis would be in charge as caretaker manager with Phil Hughes assisting. This is bound to fuel speculation that Coyle`s Scottish backroom team in assistant manager, Sandy Stewart and the recently appointed John Henry could also be leaving the club and might be following Coyle to Bolton.

What though of our plans longer-term to get a new manager in place? Brendan Flood outlined our strategy on that one and the good news is we intend to have a new manager appointed within the next two weeks, probably just in time for him to have a 'baptism of fire` away to Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday 16th January.

Flood talking about the type of manager they wanted and the timing for their appointment said:

'I think we would like to have the same recipe again as much a possible and there are choices that we can consider. We have just got to meet them and make sure they have got the chemistry, the right feeling for Burnley, and hopefully make a decision within the next two weeks. The January window puts extra pressure on everybody. We will be looking for somebody who can make a difference quickly. We are very happy with our squad and if we only made one or two additions nobody would complain. But we want to give any new manager the opportunity to look slightly beyond that and see what he wants to do."

All that sounds quite good news and pretty positive so we can all now begin to look forward.

Chairman Barry Kilby talking about the relations with Bolton at this moment in time said

'I don't think we are best of pals at the moment. It was an unwelcome approach.'

You could see from Kilby's body language that he would have liked to have put that in stronger terms if it were not for protocol and politeness in front of the cameras! Bolton Chairman, Phil Gartside and both Barry Kilby and Brendan Flood were understood to have been close friends before Bolton's aggressive tactics to secure the services of Coyle so god only knows what strain this is putting on relationships.

The lawyers of both clubs are now in a battle to sort out compensation due to Burnley FC for Coyle leaving whilst under contract. It is believed Burnley want 3-3.6 million in compensation for Coyle breaking his four-year contract with Bolton only prepared to cough up a million.

In the mean time Coyle is in limbo and has been put on 'garden leave` by the club. It remains to be seen if the compensation issue can be sorted in time for Bolton to parade their new manager in their match away to Sunderland this Saturday. The bad weather in any case could put paid to that idea.

Personally I hope they delay settlement for as long as possible. The way Bolton have handled this has been despicable and how it can be fair that a club can poach a manager in such a vital period when both are rivals to avoid relegation is beyond me. We play Bolton soon at the Reebok this month, if Coyle is in charge of the Trotters by then he will have vital inside knowledge about our team, tactics, strengths and weaknesses. With both sides separated by just two points and trying to avoid the drop that is a distinctly unfair advantage to the home team and something ought to be done about it. There should be a Premier League ruling that says no manager can move clubs in the same season if both are in the same league.

Barry Kilby next had a few words to say about why Coyle chose Bolton over Burnley

'Owen felt Bolton do have a larger player budget than we have and it was his best way of remaining a Premiership manager, working with a budget of that size. It's been a trauma for the football club. None of us wanted Owen to go. It was a shock when all this broke. We are all grown men and know how football works but it was quite emotional when Owen left.'

It was also clear that Kilby felt Coyle had make the wrong decision when he said:

"I full expected when he did move it would be upwards, not sideways to a club with whom we are fighting a relegation scrap`

Kilby continued:

"But I have been in football long enough to know these things happen and I don`t think Owen took this decision lightly. It was with regret that he went and he did say to me there was only Celtic or Bolton he would leave Burnley for. But it has come at a bad time, that is for sure."

So it would appear that Coyle said he would only ever have left Burnley for Celtic or Bolton but whether Clarets fans will believe anything ever again that Coyle says after his betrayal is doubtful .He has jumped ship at the first approach from a Premier League club and does he seriously expect us to believe he wouldn`t have left Turf Moor had a Top 10 Premier League side come in for him? I doubt anybody would have when you look at his record and I still believe Bolton have made a big mistake in poaching Coyle and think they have been clouded by sentimentality over a former player idolised by the fans.

Owen Coyle at the end of the day is unproven as a Premier League manager. Perhaps Clarets fans have been deluded too about how good he actually was based on his obvious successes in getting us up and the fact we have had one or two high profile victories in the top flight(noticeably against Manchester United at Turf Moor) But what else have we achieved? We are just two points off the drop zone with an horrendous goal difference. We have not won one game away all season, have put in some woeful performances leaking goals like no tomorrow and we have not won a game at all now in the last nine matches.

Do you think it just possible that Coyle panicked and thought he wasn`t going to achieve survival with Burnley and wanted to jump ship to avoid tarnishing his CV? Coyle has been seduced by Bolton`s bigger budget but there is no guarantee that will bring success and in my opinion he has taken a big gamble although I admit one probably where he has a better chance of keeping a team up and saving face. Probably a better chance than at Burnley where the budget is the lowest in the top flight but then again he was working to a plan at Turf Moor and knew the players. He will have to quickly familiarise himself with the Bolton set-up and try and get the current players to play a different type of football, not to mention develop his new players and get them to quickly blend in. He has to do this with games coming quick and fast and with the club currently in the bottom three. My heart bleeds for him!

I feel betrayed by the bloke. I have lost all the respect I had for him and I will never, ever forgive him for what he has done to us at this critical time. If we stay up and Bolton go down, I will be laughing my cotton socks off. Come on you Clarets let`s do it!

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 7 2010

Time: 8:46AM

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Right that's it no more worrying about that tosspot Coyle, going to concentrate now on looking forward to our new manager being appointed and still being a Prem league side by the end of the season.
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07/01/2010 08:54:00

Onlooking Leicester fan with sympathy here. Just goes to show what a four-year contract means these days really doesn't it? Good luck to you for the rest of the season, I really hope you do stay up at the expense of Bolton. It's not all lost yet!
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07/01/2010 09:16:00

Cheers Jb good luck to the Foxes this season. Contracts? All they do is destroy trees in South America for nothing
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07/01/2010 09:25:00

Phil I do wish you would come off the fence with your thoughts on this topic. I feel you maybe getting splinters in your backside. As for contracts I hope the Burnley lawyers know who pays them and drag this out until Bolton pay every penny we want, whilst threatening to report them to the FA and let that investigation sort out the mess prior to compensation being agreed. Everyday that Bolton don't unveil their new manager is a plus for me.
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07/01/2010 09:42:00

i hope you stay up instead of one of the anti football teams i,e stoke bolton etc atleast youy guys play it well and have real passionate fans good luck guys
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07/01/2010 09:43:00

So it all become clear. Coyle jumped ship at the first opportunity. (Celtic never offered him a job - per B. K. ) He judged the situation at the turf and his considered opinion was that the B F C budget could not sustain a premier league club. KNOW YOUR PLACE.
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07/01/2010 09:45:00

I hope you lot stay up- Even though you give a tough time to all the prem league clubs!
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07/01/2010 09:56:00

i wouldnt be so smug ewoodrover you might find yourselves playing barnsley next season while burnley are still playing us and chelsea etc
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07/01/2010 10:15:00

As said by one of the talk sport presenters ours Burnley is the bigger footballing Town in that our supporters are more passionate than rovers fans so here Ewoodrover mate think about that one.
Grimsby Claret
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07/01/2010 10:31:00

Totally agree with Vin, let our lawyers drag it out for as long as possible, . An unrealistic thought is that our game against Bolton should not go ahead, we should be given the 3 points and then 3 points deducted from Bolton. Childish and stupid I know but so what. If there is any justice in this wold we will remain in the premiership while Bolton slide into obscurity and OC becomes the John Bond of Bolton.
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07/01/2010 11:05:00

Have Bolton done anything wrong here? Did they speak to Coyle without our permission? If so, I am sure they will be reported - If not, then all they have done is make an approached for someone they want - Is it any different than when we got Coyle from St Johnstone? ( I dont know the answer). I do agree however that the timing stinks - and if the contract says 3.6m for Coyle - Then I dont see that their should be any arguement! That is what it should be!If Owen has to sit on his own for a while waiting for Bolton to stump up, then its kind of tough!
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07/01/2010 12:35:00

What I have read, cd, but of course it could be wrong, is that a commitment of 3.6 million was needed to give Coyle the right to talk to another club. If that clause in Coyle's contract was adhered to, where's the 3.6 million? Either Coyle misinformed Bfc about it being committed, or Gartside misinformed Coyle. I think it also said 'at least' 3.6 million. So, now that Coyle has inadvertently or intentionaly breached his contract, we can presumably insist on the 3.6 million to cover the permission to speak, plus more, both because we are entitled to and because of being misled and having our time wasted. The stick to enforce a demand for more could be a threat to report to PL and FA for misleading Coyle into breaching his contract and thus depriving us of his services, and him of his livelihood, both of which could also be a basis for civil legal proceedings. All conjecture, but based on what I have read and a rudimentary understanding of contract law. Oh, and a heavy dose of fantasy laced with the sort of spite we all show when someone we have loved and supported dumps us.
Couch Potato
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07/01/2010 13:10:00

I heard the reason it is being dragged on is that Bolton seem to think the release clause in the contract is only 1m whereas we think it is 3m - 3.6m (depending on the source). I like the sound of Couch Potato's idea though...
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07/01/2010 13:24:00

If Bolton thinks there's a 1 million release clause that adds an extra possible legal wrangle: that Coyle misinformed Bolton! That could be good news, as it would make the legal mess even bigger and take more lawyers even longer to sort out, during which time we quite possibly don't even need to pay Coyle in that he breached his contract. And given that we are the ones who have been wronged, we would not need to expect to pay our lawyers. That would become the responsibility of whoever did the wrong. TMP, can we start a book on when Coyle will go down the aisle with Gartside, with never certainly being one still possible option?
Couch Potato
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07/01/2010 13:42:00

I suppose this could be a stalemate but I reckon we are better placed being without Coyle than Bolton are not having him and they are a relegation rival. The longer he is in limbo the better our chances. LT state-Until a compensation package has been sorted out with Bolton, Coyle cannot begin his new job and the Clarets cannot re-appoint.
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07/01/2010 15:19:00

If true, and it may well be, the fact that we cannot reappoint while he is on gardening leave weakens my imagined merciless grip on Gartside. A pity! But I would imagine we'll leave Gartside sweating until we are ready to appoint, while he will be hoping we appoint soon so that we may be tempted to settle for less than 3.6. Bfc won't be saying anything remotely controversial about Coyle until this is all settled. Anyway, this is more fun than watching TV legal soaps!
Couch Potato
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07/01/2010 16:26:00

We can appoint someone now if we wished and let OC rot this question came up in ask Bodes well worth a read
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07/01/2010 16:34:00

Did you get a feel for how good the opinion was and who was saying it,8c8?
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07/01/2010 17:09:00

Bodes himself answered but to be fair he did not say let OC rot although we could do if compensation is not agreed
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07/01/2010 17:15:00

Just read that on Ask Bodes myself. First time I've been there. It was quite good. Bodes didn't actually say who'd told him. My sense was he'd heard a lawyer or a senior club person say we could indeed appoint while Coyle is on gardening leave and, if you think about it, the law would be a complete nonsense if you couldn't. But Bodes reckoned we wouldn't let it drag on forever as we'd have to carry on paying Coyle's wages apparently. He also said he was fairly sure the club would report Bolton to FA (or was it PL?) if Bolton don't cough up. Bodes also says there's more in tomorrow's Express. Natch! Meanwhile I can reveal from a confidential sauce (My dinner's burning!) that rumours are unfounded that Coyle is in the holding cell on the Turf and has had his mobile confiscated so he can't discuss trades and tactics with Gartside! :)
Couch Potato
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07/01/2010 19:35:00

Just a thought but would it weaken our moral or legal position if we approached another club to ask to speak to their manager ? Sure BK/BF and others would follow the correct process but I wouldn't want us to be accused of doing something hypocritical. Does that, perhaps, suggest we will go for someone currently out of work ?
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07/01/2010 19:43:00

I honestly think that should be a legal requirement. You can only go for out of work managers during a season or at the very least only working managers in a different league below yours. Those in work and in in the same league can only be head-hunted/approached in close season
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07/01/2010 21:15:00


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