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Bolton to Suffer Same Fate as Burnley on Re-Coyle?

Bolton to Suffer Same Fate as Burnley on Re-Coyle?

Bolton could be about to have the tables turned on them regarding their poached manager and former Clarets gaffer,Owen Coyle

This time it might be their turn to try and keep the sharks at bay.The club though could have a battle on their hands to ensure he stays at the Reebok ­Stadium.

Coyle controversially quit Burnley just under a year ago back in January 2010 to become Bolton boss.

Despite sticking in the throat of most Clarets fans, he has turned the Horwich club round, so much so they are now 6th in the Premier League. It is probably still worth mentioning though the fact that we beat them at Turf Moor in the Carling Cup earlier this season.

Owen Coyle and his striker Johan Elmander won the Barclays Premier League manager and player of the month awards for November in recognition of their league success.

Carry on like this and Bolton could be plying their trade in Europe next season but if they are will Owen Coyle still be leading them?

An article in the Mirror this week and I hasten to had not one written by Coyle's media minion, Alan Nixon, suggests the 44-year-old Scot has done such a great job that he is now being tipped for a move to one of English football`s major powers.

Roy Hodgson could well be looking over his shoulder soon if Liverpool continue to underperform and if he fails to hold onto the manager's role, it will be Owen Coyle's breath he could be feeling on his neck!

According to the Mirror many Bolton fans also apparantly openly concede they fear losing him to Manchester United when Alex Ferguson bows out.

Chairman Phil ­Gartside is reported as saying:

"Our results and performances have ­improved greatly and that is a measure of Owen`s influence.

"We`ve virtually the same players that he ­inherited, but he`s got the best out of them, playing in a style that is attractive as well as ­effective.

All sounds a similar story and let's face it Coyle will be getting close to his two-year itch this time next season. He certainly made a great play of how great a club Bolton was last January and the fact that as a former player he was now some sort of legend (Cough!)

The club are so good in fact they announced a couple of weeks ago a huge loss of £35 million plus a significant rise in the net debt to £93 million which was down to having an unhealthy mixture of low turnover and an inflated wage bill.

Just as Bolton appear to be on the verge of great things then it could all end in tears with the club having to sell its best players, maybe as soon as the next transfer window in January.

Is Coyle going to feel so cosy with Bolton if he loses Cahill and Elmander to pay off some of the clubs debts?

It is all beginning to add up to some interesting times.

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Date:Sunday December 5 2010
Time: 1:05PM


Aw bless him!
05/12/2010 13:07:00
If he does leave Bolton, I hope he takes all his backroom staff with him, then they might realise what it's like to be left in the dog doo! Steve Davis at Old Trafford instead of Mike Phelan? Good Lord!
05/12/2010 13:22:00
Personally I can see him going on to bigger things than Bolton - but dont think it will be a jump straight to United/Liverpool. Owen will probably go to a Villa/Everton and if he is a success there, it may lead to a 'top top' job.
05/12/2010 13:25:00
I agree with you there, Dale. Everton seem to be flirting with the idea of getting rid of Moyes time and again. Not sure they'd be any better off with Coyle, but who knows?
05/12/2010 13:43:00
Could you see Coyle jumping ship for a Villa/Everton? I can't see it if both are significantly below Bolton if and when the opportunity arises! If Liverpool comes along, he might be tempted more. Sir Alex wont be retiring just yet so that I think is more a medium-term prospect
05/12/2010 14:10:00
A month ago pundits were saying that Chelsea had won the title. Now they're saying their squad is aging and paper thin. Today Bolton are riding at the top of a very big and competitive chasing pack. In two months' time? IF Coyle is getting his Mirror chums to pump his rep up now, maybe it's a sign that he knows he's quite likely to be at t'other end of the pack come March. Who knows? But a 5-game losing streak would give things a different complexion, and who's to say it didn't start when Bolton failed to take advantage of 10-man Citeh?
Couch Potato
05/12/2010 14:15:00
TMP - Yes I could. Bolton were below Burnley last January and Owen probably left because he felt their was a better opportunity for long term success ( rightly or wrongly). In my opinion, this would then be the scenario if Everton/Villa or similar came along.
05/12/2010 14:29:00
United will need someone with proven knowledge of competing in European competition, Arsenal will too. If and when Moyes leaves Everton - and he will - Coyle is exactly the type of man they will go for. He's been at Bolton a year now so the itchy feet will be starting again and no-one should forget that he left St Johnstone to join us. A move to Everton would, probably, not involve too much domestic disruption either.
05/12/2010 14:38:00
Are you still banging on about this TMP? Unlike the Burnley fans, we will wish him well, because he deserves a crack at a bigger club, just like he did when he left Burnley.It really does your club no favours at all.Anyway, if you keep on moaning I`m gonna start calling you Horse again and you can call me Roberta!!
Roberto Bettega
05/12/2010 15:42:00
There are ways of leaving a club and had he chosen the right one all Burnley fans would have equally wished him well! He didn't and I would like to see how many of your lot would wish him well if he left you high & dry in the middle of a transfer window fighting to avoid relegation (or for a place in Europe!-same difference) whilst taking all your backroom staff with him and sniffing around your players
05/12/2010 15:51:00
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