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Nixon Spouts, Clarets Fans Shudder

Owen Coyle's journalist mate Alan Nixon has dropped a bombshell in the Mirror suggesting Owen Coyle could leave Burnley for nothing.

In an article in the Mirror online late last night he claimed that Coyle's barrister has informed our disgraced former manager that he is within his rights to leave the club because Burnley have breached his contract.

Coyle's barrister is from the League Managers Association solicitors and the LMA claim that Coyle was effectively sacked by Burnley when they called a press conference to discuss his replacement while he was on 'gardening leave'

In another extraordinary piece of journalism he also breaks the news that Owen Coyle in his generosity wants the Clarets to get 1million compensation deal from Bolton as a final gesture of goodwill.

Goodwill? More like good riddance!

If there is any element of truth in these accusations then Burnley FC are going to have more egg on their face than the contents of a million Ostrich eggs.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 8 2010

Time: 8:49AM

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Oh for heaven's sake I hope our lawyers have more steel to sort this one out if not the club really ought to get a better legal team and set of advisors
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08/01/2010 08:52:00

Oh thats just great so its ok for OC to say see ya I want to abandon ship at this critical time and set sail on another sinking ship. But we can't look for someone else to steer us to safety it damn well stinks.
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08/01/2010 09:11:00

one other thing please please can we stop putting picture of that Judas on vital, it makes me want to thump the screen! lol
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08/01/2010 09:16:00

Yeah I should have put that photo of a load of balls up!
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08/01/2010 09:19:00

When things go to lawyers, you hear both sides before a settlement, and a lot of stuff gets said as both sides toughen up their positions, trying to put the frighteners on the other one. I don't think we need think that Alan Nixon knows more than our lawyers. If the LMA have issued a statement, it will be on the basis of only partial information, so it is very different from being a judgemtn. Meantime, I agree with sheclaret about not wanting to see anenymore photos of Coyle.
Couch Potato
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08/01/2010 09:27:00

I'm with sheclaret. Perhaps a picture of the Greek God Proteus might be appropriate. His great characteristic was being able to change shape so you never quite knew who he was ?
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08/01/2010 09:45:00

Was Proteus that shapeshifter in Star Trek, jj? Didn't he keep turning back into a little puddle at the bottom of a bucket?
Couch Potato
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08/01/2010 09:52:00

We wish,CP, we wish.
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08/01/2010 10:11:00

Poor bucket!
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08/01/2010 10:12:00

There's a Coyle in my bucket, de liar, de liar!
Couch Potato
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08/01/2010 10:14:00

Well fix it dear Nixon,dear Nixon,fix it!! :-)
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08/01/2010 10:19:00

That Loyalty for you, you give someone their chance and you give them an improved contract and they leave you for a club with less ambition and fans who are not as dedicated as Burnleys' I am always impressed with the burnley following when they visit Manchester City and are always friendly when vice versa. I hope you get mark Hughes, because you will get a decent manager, who will keep you up whilst Bolton will drop through the trap door of the premier, never to be seen again here in the top flight.
buzz lightyear
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08/01/2010 10:24:00

anyway, what with this, Extremely bad conditions and this could lead to a fixture pile up and you can bet the FA and league officals wont extend the season to cope.Could be the opporunity to get some of the injured back to full fitness. Should we have a winter break?
buzz lightyear
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08/01/2010 10:25:00

I take it the rumours are false regarding Gartslime meeting Coyle in Scotland? Bolton wouldn't take us to court regarding this issue if that was the case. Thats why I thought we were after 3M in compensation instead of just the 1M..... Plus surely the Board had something in place where Coyle had to stay loyal for a period of time after receiving his 1M bonus for getting us into the Premiership? Never fogotten but never forgiven. Da Da Da Da Owen Coyle, Da Da Da Da He's disloyal.......
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08/01/2010 10:25:00

Surely if Coyle had told the club he wanted to leave, a subsequent press conference stating such cannot be taken as a sacking?
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08/01/2010 10:38:00

We are Burnley fans and as such are used to a not so perfect world BUT every now and then we show the world what we are about. Some dickhead kicks us in the groin area and we react. This is time to react. If what is left of our management team is even a little bit good then Stoke watch out. If any of our fans does not make more noise on Saturday than they have ever done done then shame on them. Lets get behind the players and stuff OC by winning.
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08/01/2010 10:59:00

Here here Andy lets make it the noisiest game ever no matter what the score line is
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08/01/2010 11:29:00

Worst possible case scenario this surely!
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08/01/2010 12:12:00

I should think tmp can come up with some very amusing phots for future use. I guess it could be a challenge Phil moment for how inventive he wants to be...lol
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08/01/2010 12:18:00

It's now past noon. If Alan Nixon is so sure of his 'facts' about Coyle being sacked and therefore being free to join another club, would he be willing to come on here and tell us exactly when Bolton are going to announce a press conference to unveil their new manager? If they can indeed do what Nixon claims, what's the hold up? Is it the snow Alan? Or is it that you're in a bit of a muddle, Alan? Come on, get on here and talk with us! Meanwhile, if anyone read yesterday's 'askbodes' on the Burnley Express website, they will know that Coyle remains registered as a Burnley reserve player, and that is apparently an entirely separate matter. When he's eventually free to take another managerial job, being a registered Burnley reserve player is apparenly no obstacle. He just can't play for any other team. But what happens if we ask him to train and play as a Burnley reserve and he refuses?
Couch Potato
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08/01/2010 12:29:00

I agree with tmp , surely the club legal team would'nt have allowed this to happen? If they have , then it's a real sickener . I was looking forward to a really positive performance from the boys against Stoke, but it looks as though we'll have to wait until Old Trafford . . . . . we can do it .
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08/01/2010 13:06:00

One other thing... my loyalty can't be bought for a million pounds.
Couch Potato
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08/01/2010 13:08:00

Can we not bring in Frost to sort out this Nixon?
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08/01/2010 13:17:00

Thinking about this one how have we actually broken the contact? As long as we don't sign anyone while he is still in contract we haven't broken his contract. Surely it in the same vein as we could look at any player all season long but as long as we don't sign him we haven't done anything untoward.
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08/01/2010 13:31:00

I suspect at the end of the day there will come to some financial arrangement but will announce he has left for an undisclosed fee saving the face of one or both parties as part of the agreement! We might never know who 'won' this one
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08/01/2010 13:46:00

The media tends to get an idea of the fee involved and would probably say "... for an undisclosed fee in the region of x"
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08/01/2010 13:56:00

Crikey 8c8 haven't you had enough frost up there already!!! Sheclaret - I would say you are right. Given that Coyle had said on 2 occasions that he had wanted out, it would seem an unreasonable restriction on a business if the law forced it to await resolution of a disputed settlement before conducting its business in a normal way. Is Coyle free to go to Bolton in the meantime? If he does, he may damage his and Bolton's case in a subsequent court of law. I vote that we give our Board and our lawyers our full support and focus on controlling our anxieties when the other lot present some new argument that we then knock down later.
Couch Potato
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08/01/2010 14:07:00

But....according to that same journalist Coyle said a tearful final farewell with people at the Club on Tuesday...I quote from yesterday's DM "Tuesday...The weaterh stops Coyle taking his players for training at Burnley while the clubs squabble over his move. Coyles sees Flood and Kilby to tell them that his mind is made up. He clears his desk, taking away precious mementos of his stint at Turf Moor. He makes sure he sees every member of staff available to wish them a tearful farewell."...surely given his reiterated statement of intent he effectively tendered his resignation first?
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08/01/2010 15:31:00

It appears I disagree strongly with Couch Potato. MY loyalty can certainly be bought for a million quid and, in fact, as a New Year special I am willing to consider offers of around half that. Thank you very much. Where do I sign ?
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08/01/2010 17:59:00

I believe there's an empty seat or two for you down at the Reebok, RT.
Couch Potato
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08/01/2010 18:28:00

Empty seats ? At the Reebok ? Surely not. As a MUCH bigger club than us don't they sell out every game ?
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08/01/2010 19:14:00

This is usual media speculation with no facts and only half the story. Coyle has breached his contract by stating his intention to leave so it all ends up in the same place. Nixon = Idiot.
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08/01/2010 19:32:00

Irresponsible ,grossly biased and beyond any reasoning article from alan nixon .We have to condemn him for this prejudicial article .
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09/01/2010 07:41:00

Stealing a manager in broad day light and still go unpunished .This is what Alan Nixon is advocating .how sad! Written in a prestigious daily like Daily Mirror .
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09/01/2010 07:43:00


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