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Compensation Coyle-undrum!

Alan Nixon is at it again increasing tensions ahead of the Bolton clash on Tuesday night by suggesting Burnley have locked horns with the Horwich-based club over compensation for the Judas saga.

We all know what happened in January this year after Owen 'Judas' Coyle jumped ship and took virtually the whole management team with him to the Reebok Stadium.

The disgraceful disloyalty shown by Coyle at the worst possible moment, most Clarets feel led ultimately to our relegation.

Poor Brian Laws was given the poisoned chalice as our new manager in the middle of a transfer window having to cope with an obviously demoralised club and set of players. In the end he could not avoid the drop but now he has a chance to redeem the situation and give all Clarets fans a tonic.

All we have to do is beat Bolton in the third round of the Carling Cup at Turf Moor on Tuesday night and send all the Bolton crew back through Traitor's Gate to the Reebok empty handed.It would be good to wipe the smirks off their faces and then get loads of dosh for the mess they caused.

Let's just remind ourselves who the dispicable lot were and realise the numbers involved. Owen Coyle of course was followed to the Reebok by his side-kick Sandy Stewart. John Henry, our former reserve team coach was bound to follow and did. You could have expected the Scottish contingent to stick together like glue but not content with that Coyle also took goalkeeping coach Phil Hughes and even Chief Scout, Cliff Roberts. He at least didn't take the Burnley kit with him although he might have done so had he moved to West Ham or Aston Villa! Instead he took the kit manager, Tony McGrory.

In a sense it was good riddance to all of them but perhaps the one that really hurt the most was the loss of Steve Davis Thought to be Burnley through-and-through even he stuck two fingers up to the club and joined the Judas crew.

It is no secret that Alan Nixon is in the pocket of Owen Coyle but he does have this annoying habit of reporting the facts even though the wording of them are somewhat embellished with claptrap.

So if he says the two clubs are fighting over compensation, you can bet your bottom dollar they are.

It would appear they simply can't agree a figure with relations not surprisingly being frosty as a consequence. I would certainly like to be a fly on the wall when this Mottley Crew return to Turf Moor on Tuesday night and experience the Boardroom Hospitality (Cough!)

Back in January, Alan Nixon wrote that a 1 million compensation package had been agreed for Coyle alone but it would appear life was not that simple. Burnley were reported to be holding out for 3 million compensation originally but appear to have got caught up in some legal wrangle that favoured Bolton.

Nixon wrote back then:

'Owen Coyle can walk out on Burnley for nothing after legal advice from the managers` union - but he wants his old club to get a 1million compensation deal from Bolton in an extraordinary final gesture.

Coyle's barrister - from the League Managers Association solicitors - has told him that he is within his rights to leave Turf Moor because the Clarets have 'breached his contract'.

The LMA claim that Coyle was effectively sacked by Burnley when they called a press conference and discussed a move for a replacement while he was sitting at home and 'suspended''

Writing for the People today he says:

'Burnley and Bolton are caught up in a bitter compensation row as they head for a grudge Carling Cup meeting.

The Clarets still want a settlement for Owen Coyle`s backroom team who left with the manager last January and the two clubs are unable to agree to the claim figure.

Coyle took assistant Sandy Stewart and coach Steve Davis among others. None of them had signed contract at Turf Moor and left immediately.

Burnley are fighting for compensation and it will strain relations in the boardroom when the local rivals meet on Tuesday.'

You can say that again but as long as we stuff Bolton at Turf Moor on Tuesday night and then take them for all they got financially, I don't give a fig!

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday September 19 2010

Time: 12:35PM

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Going to be some atmosphere on Tuesday night and not just on the pitch! Come on Burnley
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19/09/2010 12:40:00

Dear oh me, I thought this was all signed, sealed, delivered, we have to win this game for so many reasons, most of all to get one back over saliva sucker Boyle!!
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19/09/2010 12:56:00

Coyle and Davis fit in well with the bolton directors they have no ethics.
Grimsby Claret
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19/09/2010 17:16:00

I am not sure I will able to stomach Robbie Blake playing against us especially if he does and they get a free kick. Let's just thump the lot of them
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19/09/2010 17:40:00

Bit surprising this hasn't been sorted out yet. I'm not defending Steve Davis but I wonder there would have been a role for him at Burnley once Brian Laws arrived with his own backroom team ?
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19/09/2010 17:42:00

Cannot believe this is still going on! Surely this should have been agreed before Owen was allowed to leave!
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19/09/2010 18:02:00

Think the Owen Coyle compensation has been agreed but not that for the rest of the rabble that left
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19/09/2010 18:08:00

Come on TMP. At least Robbie Blake was out of contract when he joined the J
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20/09/2010 05:33:00

I was saying, before my computer went haywire, that Blakies contract was up when he went to the Judas crew. I think the only other club that would have been a bigger PR blunder would have been the 'Cheating ********s' down the road.
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20/09/2010 05:37:00

Maybe thats why Judas Horse Face Susan has been unable to get Mears etc? Maybe the January window could see that attempt from the Horwich Horse Faced son of @@*****@$$$$....bitter? Just a tadge and agree with tmp it was "disgraceful disloyalty...at the worst possible moment"
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20/09/2010 08:11:00

A Dave Thomas article in WTBM this spring seemed to indicate, I think, that a Brendan Flood text to ***** gave ***** permission to negotiate with Blonto, whereas my guess is that Flood thought he was just saying to a man with whom he thought he had a mutually trusting relationship that he could have a chat about life with ******* Phil. This could perhaps be at the root of what's still being argued about. Who knows? I also wonder why half our management team didn't have contracts. Surely this can't have been because Coyle hadn't given the Bfc Board his full support, and actually knew he was going to take them away at the first chance he got? Anyway, coming out of that conspiracy theory, I watched Ian Holloway talking on SKY with an Ars fan yesterday, and we both made comments about how he came across as a truly honest and genuine guy. Then I found myself wondering whether I was just being naive again. Today I choose to believe that Holloway would not walk out on, and undermine, Blackpool to go to Wigan half way through a January window. I just don't think he's that small. I wish I could support the idea that beating Wanderers (perfect name for a club to be managed by the rootless and shifty *****) but I can't see it. What ***** did doesn't get forgotten that easily and shouldn't be forgiven that easily. Forgiveness ain't worth a penny if it comes cheap, and I think it was Mozart who managed to string out an opera across several acts about how forgiveness doesn't work unless it involves lasting and difficult dialogue.
Couch Potato
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20/09/2010 12:11:00

I wonder what would have happened had Steve Davis got to manage the Stoke game as caretaker at Turf Moor before it was postponed. With the crowd shouting his name from the rafters, he might have been tempted to stay but hey ho, he decided to go! Hurts more than Coyle leaving that to be honest! Guess he felt he would not progress at Turf Moor but then he is hardly manager at Bolton either
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20/09/2010 17:48:00

The Mozart opera, I can now reveal, is called Zaide. I think somone else had to finish it, rather as Laws had to finish Coyle's work; and, to be fair, it's not one of Mozart's better-known ones, but I am sure that will now change, after it being mentioned here on Vital Burnley.
Couch Potato
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20/09/2010 18:42:00

To be fair to Davis , he was gonna take charge v Stoke despite Coyle wanting him immediately , after that was cancelled , the club could not gaurentee him a job , as a new manager may have wanted his own staff & not considered Davis in his plans and any new manager has a right to choose his own staff ! He had a guarenteed coaching offer at Bolton that Coyle wanted an immediate decision on or he would look elsewhere , Davis has a family and that should be his first loyality , so I can't really blame the guy for leaving !
Bernie lee
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21/09/2010 12:59:00


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