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Rumour Mill-Coyle wants our Key Players & Targets

Rumour Mill-Coyle wants our Key Players & Targets

Brendan Flood was recently on record assuring Clarets fans that our disgraced former manager, Owen Coyle would not be allowed to raid our players and take them to Bolton in the January transfer window. The suggestion was this would form part of the compensation agreement and would block any attempts by Coyle to come in for his personal favourites.

What Clarets fans of course don't know is how strongly some of the players would feel about staying at Turf Moor when there was a possibility of moving to Bolton to work under our former manager. There must surely now follow a test of loyalty for some of our players, even if that comes in the summer when no doubt Cloyle will come a poaching again. We shall have to hope by then Bolton are relegated and we have survived. Our players surely won't then be tempted to move to a Championship club!

I hope also that the players take heed of Graham Alexander who said recently after Coyle made the sideways move to Bolton:

'We played under him but we have not played for him. We play for Burnley and that's what we've got to take on.'

I guess it is inevitable that the press will still continue to speculate and the News of the World today suggest Coyle wants to take both Tyrone Mears and Chris Eagles to the Reebok.

They even go as far as suggesting that talks involving a part swap for Bolton's right-back Joey O'Brien are already underway.

In another article in the same paper, Coyle also seems hellbent on scuppering our plans of bringing in Arsenal midfielder, Jack Wilshere and wants instead for him to go to Bolton.Coyle whilst at Burnley had an agreement with Arsenal chief Arsene Wenger to take the midfielder to Turf Moor for the rest of the season. Everton also are believed to be interested along with West Ham.

In a further attempt to rub our noses in it, there are also reports that Coyle will try and bring David Nugent to the Reebok as well.

Is there any way of stopping this monster and getting him off our backs forever? The answer of course is no in a very unfair world that is football. I just hope Flood's words were true and we can at least stop this miserable sneak from raiding our larder in the current January window.

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Date:Sunday January 10 2010
Time: 9:31AM


What a ********! Words fail me
10/01/2010 09:33:00
Tmp - no sleep for the virtuous website manager in these troubled times!!! Also up early(ish) I posted thoughts on this rumour on your Turfection story of today before you got this one up. P.S. I am not sure that words ever fail you!!! You are certainly very good at getting them up on this site in good time. Keep going.
Couch Potato
10/01/2010 09:40:00
Let's face it, if its OK for the manager to abandon Burnley, what chance the players will be somehow more loyal. He knows exactly what's required to prise them away as he knows exactly what's in their contracts at Burnley. This story could very easily have been taken from a Clarets messageboard though in fairness.
10/01/2010 10:01:00
By the way, Nugent isn't our player and we're not willing to stump up the cash to sign him so fair enough if he wants to go and player for a manager who hardly plays him anyway. Wilshire likewise. Though the story about Mears and Eagles is the potetially worrying one....though it is just a story, I'd back Flood's judgment on this.
10/01/2010 10:03:00
Personally Id take a punt on Nugent and with the compensation money bring him to the club permanently and stick one up Coyle. I still reckon not being given funds to buy Nugent could have been one of the things that led to Coyle jumping ship.
10/01/2010 10:10:00
I am sure we could all see this coming. Managers have their favourites and will go back to their old clubs to sign players that have done a good job for them previously. When we took Stan from Bury ( probably in similar circumstances to this) he went back and took Stretch, Lenny, Swanny, Jepson and probably a few more. It is what happens. I do agree with above comments regarding January though, I hope that we can keep all players away from Bolton this month. If we have stayed up, any summer sales will in theory give us to reinvest the money into transfers which are the pick of the new man.
10/01/2010 10:18:00
I have only seen this story on a "2nd rate website" and not seen anything from a national newspaper. Probably not much in it as Flood would be a fool to claim there is a block if there is not.
10/01/2010 10:24:00
Regarding Wilshire et al. My concern is that if Steve Davis is also out of the who i there currently to oversee any transfer / loan dealings? It just reinforces how bad a time it is to be leaderless and what a vulnerable state we are in. What a time to be going to Man United !!
10/01/2010 10:30:00
Without meaning to sound like Mick Mccarthy :-), is it a bad time to be going to OT? We would struggle to get a result their anyway and a defeat their would not be a tragedy. I would be more concerned if it was a 'must-win/not lost' game against a relegation scrapper. As for Wilshere, I cannot see Wenger letting him go to Coyle at Bolton - they do not play the right football ( currently). Having said that, I didnt think Owen would go Bolton either!
10/01/2010 10:35:00
My impression was if Wilshere didn't come to Burnley he would be off on loan to West Ham. That seemed to be the situation before the Coyle saga began. Would think the Hammers would stand a better chance of getting him than Bolton. Wilshere said recently he would be keen on a move to his boyhood heroes West Ham United(Daily Mirror) and of course he wouldn't have to up sticks and move up North
10/01/2010 10:40:00
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