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Rumour Mill-Young McDonald had a Coyle EIEIO!

It is reported in the Dundee Evening Telegraph & Post that Kevin McDonald's former club,Dundee could be about to get a windfall of as much as 300,000 this summer if the Clarets midfielder completes an expected move to Bolton Wanderers thus reuniting with his former boss, Owen Coyle.

McDonald arrived at Turf Moor from Dundee two years ago, and was signed for a 500,000 fee by Owen Coyle. The Dens Park outfit also negotiated a 10% sell-on clause which would kick-in should he go to Bolton or another club.

Speculation that Coyle would like to sign McDonald over the last few weeks and months has been rife but then a number of our other players have also been linked with a move to the Reebok and none of them have come to fruition in what appears to be lazy journalism. Only if the annoying Alan Nixon in the Mirror fuelled speculation would the link be considered viable in view of his close links with Coyle and his usual accuracy with media rumours.

It is understood several other Premier League clubs have been watching the 21 year old so he could well be making a quick return to the top flight.

The local Scottish paper believe Coyle could make a move for McDonald by the end of the month and that he would be likely to be at the front of the queue in view of his previous connection with the player.

Burnley are understood to rate the player in the region of 3 million which could mean Dundee are set to recieve a cheque for 300,000 from the club should the Scottish Under 21 international decide to move on.

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Date:Thursday June 10 2010

Time: 8:27AM

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10/06/2010 08:34:00

With sell on clauses - Do we know whether our players have them on the total value of the sale? or the profit made? Kev disapointed me last year in general and didnt really kick on as I expected with the exception of a couple of games ( Ie. Pompey away). Maybe our promotion came a touch to soon for him. He coul dbe a big player for us next year - assuming his head is in the right place!
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10/06/2010 08:57:00

Agree Dale I think kev suffered last year with boyle leaving and Laws coming in but I'm prepared to give him another chance but he needs to play more regular and I don't think thats going to happen under Laws.
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10/06/2010 09:22:00

Hate to differ, fedup, but I was under the impression that Kev got more games under Laws than under Boyle... which is what got Joey unhappy.
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10/06/2010 09:29:00

No did not mean it that way CP reguarding laws what I meant was the different styles between the two managers, boyle was more like a father figure to big Mac, Laws strikes me as a totally different manager just cannot see Laws putting his arm around Kev saying everything going to be alright. After the fall out with Laws when Kev went on a bender at Half time how many games did he start, I just think that would not have happened under boyle, but saying that I thought Laws was right in the way he handled the situation.
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10/06/2010 09:52:00

I spoke to Big Kev's Dad in the 110 club and he was as angry as us for the way Coyle left us in the shoit, I asked him if Kev would move to Bolton to follow Judas and he said he wouldn't think so and if he did the Scottish clan would still follow Burnley and make their trips down.
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10/06/2010 11:52:00

All fair comment, fedup. I am still perhaps a little over-sensitive in response to often-heard suggestions that Laws 'lost the dressing room'. Clearly Joey, who coined that phrase, was unhappy at falling down the pecking order: who wouldn't be? Clearly Robbie is still mulling over the implications of being, in effect, told he was an impact substitute, rather than a regular starter. Clearly Big Kev lost his cool, very largely because of an embarrassing performance in front of his family and friends, latish on in a hard season in which he had struggled to progress. Doubtless also Penny and Guerrero have had happier days. But none of this seems particularly unusual to me, or indicative of a manger who can't manage his players. If anything it's indicative of a manager who was managing his players by facing up to tough decisions that had been left unattended by his predecessor, and which his predecessor's style may not have been well suited to resolving. So, I am concluding that, whatever we all wish had gone differently on the pitch, the actual evidence for Laws precipitating problems in the squad has turned out to be pretty thin on the ground. All of which is me going off at quite a bit of a tangent, rather than a response to what you actually posted, fedup!
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10/06/2010 11:53:00

i'd slap 7mill tag on his head see who comes in for him then. Good on the ball a nervous wreck when it comes to shooting. my dad says he reminds him a bit of Jimmy Mac the way he plays.
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10/06/2010 12:13:00

I did spot this yesterday and was tempted to run with it in the forums but I changed my mind as I thought it was way to speculative ;-)
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10/06/2010 13:10:00

Great post Couch, agree with that sentiment totally. It is so easy to jump on the band waggon, follow the sheep etc and I sometimes think that many are lulled into believing everything football, without hearing both sides and the full story. Robbies' contract offer is very typical of making a judgement before you know the full extent of the story......am I off on one yet!
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10/06/2010 15:02:00

Lost his confidence later in season when team was not playing well in some games, but it was not all his fault, has a good shot , but at times did not shoot when had chance passed again ,has the makings of a top player if he works at it ,if he wants to leave Burnley should sell 5 million plus
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