Date:Sunday December 5 2010
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.
Date:Sunday December 5 2010
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