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Flood on Davis Going and Players Staying

Brendan Flood has clarified the situation regarding the position of Steve Davis and the rumours flying about that he could follow Coyle to Bolton along with some of the players.

The Lancashire Telegraph understand that Owen Coyle has enquired about first team coach Steve Davis potentially joining him at Bolton once the compensation package is sorted out and he is unveiled officially as the Trotters new manager.

Flood has not stated that would be an impossibility but is quoted as saying:

"It`s an option for him to consider as much as anything,Steve`s held in high regard and we certainly see it as preferable that he`s part of our future rather than moving away."

The club have gone some way to proving that by making him caretaker manager for the game against Stoke City this Saturday over the head of current assistant manager, Sandy Stewart who is presumably definitely going to join his mentor at the Reebok.

It is perhaps yet another thing for Clarets fans to worry about at this difficult time but surely Steve will stay in view of his heritage with the club as a former player, captain and now chief coach. It would be a terrible kick-in the teeth (if we have any remaining after Coyle's departure) should we lose Steve Davis as well.

There is however perhaps more encouraging news as regards the players should Coyle also be tempted to poach his favourites from Burnley during this critical time in the January transfer window. Flood has assured fans that Coyle will not be allowed to approach Burnley FC for players this month. We are told that a block has been placed on Coyle signing Burnley players during this transfer window as part of the legal discussions.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 7 2010

Time: 11:19AM

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Some comfort in that. Surely Davis wouldn't let us down too would he? It would only be a sideways move for him and he will be an unknown entity for Bolton fans and not as revered as he is here. If he does go I will be very worried that things at the Club are not what they seem
Oh god surely Stevie D won't go, that would be just pushing the knife in deeper. At least its a bit of positive news on the player front.
Damn I was looking forward to poaching Fletcher and Eagles, oh well there's always summer... and I think you can keep your back room staff thanks, ours will do. I have to feel a bit bad for you Burnley, through no fault of your own you have ended up at ***** creek with Portsmouth, it would be a shame to see you plummet after all the hard work our manager did for you ;)
As far as Stevie D is concerned, a lot is going to depend on who is appointed manager and who they want supporting them. Possibly all Flood is doing is acknowledging that. As far as being up a **** creek is concerned, I reckon we'll be hearing the chants of 'Gartside out' halfway up the Pennines in about 6 weeks. Should have signed Coyle when he signed Megson. Should know better that you should never go back. Might be 6 weeks before he can find the money to pay his lawyers to sort out the silly legal mess he has put Coyle into. Some mate!
Couch Potato
Agree with CP their - A lot will depend on who the new manager is. Steve could decide to stay, only to find the new manager doesnt require his services and release him. Any new manager would be foolish to do this in my opinion as Steve probably knows the club as well as anyone and believe is generally rated as a good coach.
I really want Davis to stay, I mean his links are to Burnley. the club may appoint him manager you never know. When they hired Coyle I think they told him Davis came as part of the deal, if they did hire a new manager they may do this again. Oh and Adambrabbin if you wnat to keep your backroom staff thats fine as there obviously doing a bang up job. Oh and aren't all you Bolton fans saying your the better team so why do you want our little players? Take Coyle and Stewart and naff off back to reebok.
One day in the not too distant future the Bolton lot will realise their deficiencies did not end with Megson. As for Davis I agree with Skutter. I think a new manager would be told Davis is part of the furniture and is to be kept on as a coach.
Fletcher and Eagles? I don't think so! Reports state as soon as Owen Coyle is unveiled as Bolton boss he will swoop for Celtic's Aiden McGeady and Scott Brown.
Eagles and swooping 8clarets8 what a great link. Brendan has been spot on with his words re Steve Davis, at this time when every word you utter is in the media straight away you need to be careful. I hope he stays and I hope the new man wants him to stay and help. As for signings he can make bids till the cows come home but for sure Barry and Brendan will ensure the 3.6 Million comes Burnleys way eventually via lawyers or players inflated prices lol
Agree that SD should stay for sentimental reasons. What's he like as a coach, though: anyone know?
Think Dale has summed up my views on this. I have no issue with Steve Davis who seems to be the right man to steady the ship temporarily. But, however much we love him, he will have worked out that he is not guaranteed to be given a role if a new man comes in so will consider all options and do what is right for him under the circumstances. Hopefully that means he stays at BFC in some capacity and you can't fault his managerial record at this stage !
I think that the FA and premier should consider a rule which states that you cannot schange a manager half way through a season. I just hope that this situation does not disrupt Burnley and that they maintain their status in the league. One thing is for sure that the Board at Bolton see burnley doing well and automatically think the same will happen for them with the same manager. Things don't just work that way.
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