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Rumour Mill-Fletcher on the Re-Coyle?

Rumour Mill-Fletcher on the Re-Coyle?

Bolton Wanderers boss Owen 'Judas' Coyle is interested in bringing his former Burnley striker Steven Fletcher to the Reebok according to the 'News of the World' this Sunday.

Fletcher is the latest in a long list of our players being linked in the media with their former gaffer. It is all probably and hopefully 'lazy journalism' since quite frankly it is easy to make such obvious connections without much substance in order to sell copies.

Surprisngly Brian Jensen and Stephen Jordan have been two such names to also have been linked recently. Players that Bolton fans are not particularly excited about although Fletcher could be a different kettle of fish.

Stephen Fletcher was of course signed by Owen Coyle for Burnley only last summer. In June 2009, Hibs accepted an offer of £3,000,000 plus add-ons for the 23 year old Scottish international. It was a club record transfer fee for the Clarets.

Both Burnley and Bolton have struggled to score goals this season but at the moment Bolton look safe enough to avoid relegation although they are not completely out of the woods just yet. They are currently 15th on 32 points, five points ahead of third-from-bottom club Burnley with a game in hand.

None of the current plethors of strikers at Bolton have managed to come anywhere near double-figures in terms of goals so far this season although Fletcher himself has only managed 8 goals to date for the Clarets in the Premier League.

The NotW goes on to say that Coyle is prepared to pay £3m for the player which is quite frankly an insult if the rumour is true and I cant see the club accepting such a pathetic offer. I certainly hope not!

Should the Clarets fail in their attempt to avoid relegation, they could though find themselves in a weak bargaining position if Fletcher wants to play in the Premier League especially for a boss he knows well and can trust.

It would be disgraceful though if we could not even make a decent profit on a player still with three years to run on his contract. Let's just stay up and keep Susan Boyle at bay!

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Date:Monday April 12 2010
Time: 2:28PM


Guess we are going to get loads of these Bolton links between now and start of 2010-11. Nowt we can do! Just have to hope if we do sell from a position of weakness should we get relegated that we can maximise the profits
12/04/2010 14:33:00
I hope you guys beat the drop, but if not, I'd love for Fulham go after Fletcher. The lad's got talent. I've been impressed. I think he can be a reliable 6-12 goals a season guy for the right club. £4m is a reasonable fee, I think.
12/04/2010 15:05:00
Teddy we will not sell him Championship or not.
Grimsby Claret
12/04/2010 15:32:00
Coyle's Mob still have to play Chelsea (a) Stoke (a) Spurs (a) and Pompey and Birmingham at the Reebok. With Pompey now playing at performance levels that match their salaries, and Coyle being of a religious persuasion that emphasises paying for your sins, I would expect that he is sleeping badly at night... and has recently woken up one morning thinking he's not out of the woods yet. So he's trying to improve his chances by feeding stories to his various pals in the press, about what he'll do IF he's still managing Bolton come the summer. But does Coyle have the backing of the notoriously fickle Bolton crowd? Even a mild slump in the remaining few games and they'll want shot of the facetiously styled 'Bolton legend' (if they don't already).
Couch Potato
12/04/2010 16:33:00
If we manage the last gasp relegation escape, Fletcher will surely stay but if we don't I'm sure he'll be tempted by any offers from the premiership. Not sure we'll have to sell from the 'position of weakness' though tmp, I agree with Teddy £4 m should be the miniumum figure. Time and results will tell on this one.
12/04/2010 17:28:00
If notloB did try to get him I would expect BK and BF to recoup any under payments in the Susan compensation package and so would hope for 5 Million + with sell ons etc etc. Has to be worth as much if not more than Nugent?
12/04/2010 17:56:00
I expect Bolton to win their two home games, couldn't ask for two better fixtures at this time of the season and Coyle has em playing at home, as one would expect.
12/04/2010 19:38:00
I'd say £5 million would be about right, but a mate of mine thinks £7 million, so who knows?!
12/04/2010 22:06:00
Forget this crap. Lets stay behind what we have, we're in enough strife as it is. Yes it's Susan's fault. Laws is doing his best. We did well at Hull. Focus on what has to be done in the next few weeks. Sod the papers.
13/04/2010 00:55:00
When a manager moves on they are nearly always linked with players they have previously managed - Whether their is any truth in this or not - who knows?
13/04/2010 09:01:00
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