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Owen Coyle a Villain, I mean Villan?

Aston Villa confirmed at the start of the month that manager, Gerard Houllier would be leaving after only nine months in charge.

The 63-year-old Frenchman missed the final month of the season because of heart problems and after undergoing further tests,Doctors advised him he would require further time to recuperate.

The story goes he has left beacuse of these health concerns with the club also worried that a return to the dugout could cause the former Liverpool and Lyon boss further health issues.

It has though also been a poor season for Aston Villa in the Premier League by their standards. At one point they looked in danger of relegation but recovered well to finish in 9th spot. The fans were restless and Houllier was certainly under pressure so maybe the writing was already on the wall before the illness.

So who will replace him? Well the favourite at one point looked to be Wigan gaffer, Roberto Martinez. He has chosen though to remain at Wigan despite Aston Villa making an approach for his services and Wigan chairman, Dave Whelan giving him permission to talk with the Midlands club.

Everton manager David Moyes, Fulham boss Mark Hughes, former England coach Steve McClaren and former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti have also all been linked with the post. Clarets fans though will more interested in the speculation that one other manager could be in the frame. Yes, it's the silly season again, and Owen Coyle may well be getting itchy feet!

Coyle will probably have been disappointed the way the season panned out for Bolton in the end! At one point they were in with a sniff of Europe, but they tumbled down the league to finish in 14th spot. They were actually the lowest club not to be involved in the relegation battle on Survival Sunday.

Not only that of course but they suffered a humiliating 5-0 FA Cup semi-final thrashing by Stoke at Wembley and then lost their key striker,Johan Elmander. Elmander signed for Galatasaray in May on a free transfer after his contract expired. Gary Cahill could be the next to go and the club could struggle to re-sign Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge on loan.

So is it time for Coyle to do a runner again? Could he be tempted by a move to Villa Park or would the thought of managing a team in Claret & Blue again scare him off?

Place your bets! You may have to be quick though, Villa hope to make an announcement next week

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday June 10 2011

Time: 5:47PM

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Interesting some of the other candidates now appear to have dropped out. Moyes says he's not interested, Benítez sounded out but not going to be interviewed,McClaren's been informed he would not be required for interview by all accounts,Carlo Ancelotti taking a 12-month sabbatical and Mark Hughes's abrupt departure from Fulham counting against him in the eyes of Lerner. Flipping eck Coyle you are laffing!!
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10/06/2011 17:55:00

Nothing villainous about taking care of yourself and your family is there?....... those who need loyalty need to invest in a dog
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10/06/2011 19:16:00

Coyle's mate and mentor, Alex McLeish now enters race according to Sky Sports!!
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10/06/2011 19:47:00

Todays gossip:Aston Villa have shifted their attentions to Everton manager David Moyes after they were rejected by Roberto Martinez, who opted to remain at the DW Stadium. Full story: Daily Mirror However, Mark Hughes and Owen Coyle are still in the frame to succeed Gerard Houiller at Villa Park. Full story: Telegraph
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11/06/2011 07:52:00

But then The Star writes-Both Moyes and Coyle may have already snubbed approaches from Villa, whose list of candidates is believed to include former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton and ex-Chelsea boss Claudio Ranieri. The club have not totally ruled out a return to Mark Hughes or Steve McClaren after previously snubbing them. [Edited by turfmanphil]
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11/06/2011 08:58:00

Guardian claims Coyle has not thus far been approached by Villa. Who knows?
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11/06/2011 09:17:00

Interestingly Coyle has not come out so far and said 'I do not intend to leave my beloved Bolton, I am a legend here you know and I have a job to do'
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11/06/2011 09:48:00

And no Bolton fans on here yet, phil, to defend the legend's honour and status.
Couch Potato
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11/06/2011 11:53:00

That's a good point, are they beginning to see the light? ;-)
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11/06/2011 11:58:00

The light? Or the darkness? Or perhaps the eternal darkness broken by the light of a thousand fires of damnation? Oh well, other things to think about. Are the pubs open yet? Pint of bitter?
Couch Potato
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11/06/2011 16:36:00

Of course, it could just be paper talk. There is absolutely no way Coyle will be going to Villa. His next appointment will be much nearer to home.
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11/06/2011 20:30:00

He wouldn't, would he?
Couch Potato
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12/06/2011 09:07:00

It certainly looks like paper talk, since virtually every paper is running with a different story. I did find this article from a Bolton fan author, which if you put aside the 'The hunch-backed, toothless, many fingered hordes who congregate at Turf Moor' comments is actually quite amusing...Source: http://mannyroad.com/owen-coyle-to-aston-villa/11/06/2011/
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12/06/2011 09:52:00

There are one or two inacuracies in that report. Particularly the transistor radios- in Todmorden we still rely on our trusty pigeons. BUT on a practical note if there is any claret and blue stuff with susan's name on it left around the place it could be sold on to the bovril drinking hordes.
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13/06/2011 02:07:00

What, have Villa realised he's not good enough? Ssshh, don't tell anyone.
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13/06/2011 10:33:00


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