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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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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday April 12 2010

Time: 2:28PM

Your Comments

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
turfmanphil
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.
Teddy_KGB
Teddy we will not sell him Championship or not.
Grimsby Claret
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
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.
WelshClaret
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?
VinRogue
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.
cubanclaret
I'd say 5 million would be about right, but a mate of mine thinks 7 million, so who knows?!
whentheballmoves
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.
AndyHo
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?
Claretdale
No Bolton comment on this thread?
Couch Potato
They have their own problems still trying to do down Owen Coyle. They now have a 'Is Owen Coyle a Horrible Mistake?-Part 3' up which makes interesting reading and so do the comments below it!!
turfmanphil
At Bolton, we know that we are not out of danger and it is possible that we may not get the 3 or 4 points we are likely to need to stay up. You should understand that Coyle has never been seen as "God" in Bolton but most are not as negative as the Vital Bolton web site. Many Bolton fans would rather watch Bolton in the Championship under Coyle than in the Prem under Megson. In any case we were only heading down anyway under Negson. I agree with those of you who say that Bolton will be linked with any number of Burnley players given the Coyle link but I doubt that the management of either club is giving this much thought at the moment. If they are, they shouldn't be. Good luck, by the way. I hope we meet next season in the top flight.
Bristol White
Thanks both for your frank and honest comments BW. It would be nice if we could play each other next season but sadly I cant see both of us staying up with the Clarets needing a miracle really. Not only to win enough points from our remaining four games-Sunderland (A), Liverpool (H), Brum (A) and Spurs (H) but also relying on the others around us to mess up! Stranger things have happened though and we need that Fulham spirit and end result from somewhere
turfmanphil
Just staying up won't stop our best players leaving I'm afraid, that's just the way it is. Better players will get poached by bigger clubs with more money and there's nowt anyone can do about it. Contracts aren't worth the paper they are written on except to get transfer money instead of a Bosnan. Players simply refuse to play a la Berbatov, Saha etc unless they are allowed to move. Even Man Utd suffered it with Ronaldo wanting to move to Real and Burnley players have the loyal example of their ex-manager to follow!
ozjean
Spot on that Ozjean - Bigger/wealthier clubs will always circle those that are smaller and pick out what they want. To be honest, we should be doing the same. Looking at some of the smaller championship teams and looking to buy their better players!
Claretdale
 

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