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Flood,Coyle and Blake? The Holy Trinity?

Tabloid rumours over the weekend, most notably from Owen Coyle's buddy mate,Alan Nixon in the Sunday People suggested Eddie Howe had been impressed by 35 year old,Robbie Blake after attending a Bolton reserves fixture last week. So much so, it was thought Howe could be considering a loan move to bring Blake to Turf Moor for the third time in his career.

However further investigative work by the Lancashire Telegraph would suggest that is not quite the case.

Robbie Blake, may well be available for a loan move but it would appear that Owen Coyle was the one to suggest such a move after meeting up with Burnley's Operational Director, Brendan Flood at the Reebok last Thursday night.

LT reporter, Suzanne Geldard writing for the local paper appears to pour scorn on the possible Blake return to Turf Moor saying:

'A Sunday tabloid yesterday suggested Clarets boss Eddie Howe was attempting to get the 35-year-old on loan.

But on the contrary I understand it is former boss Owen Coyle who has suggested he could make the forward available to his old club after meeting up with Burnley's operational director Brendan Flood.

The pair were seen at the Reebok Stadium last Thursday, in what is understood to be their first non-matchday encounter since Coyle quit the Clarets for Bolton in January 2010'

So that could explain the Blake speculation but the more pertinent question is why Flood had a meeting with Coyle in the first place. Would that really be necessary if a Blake loan was the only item on the agenda?

No doubt some Clarets fans might be wondering if Owen Coyle is plotting his return to Turf Moor following some strange hints recently that he might want to return to the club at some stage. He has certainly not set the world alight at Bolton this season, with the club struggling in the Premier League after just one win in five games and currently in the second from bottom spot in the table.

No, I cant see that being the reason but if there is something going on like that, it would be interesting to know what sort of reception he would get from Clarets fans after being converted from God to Judas following his acrimonious departure from Turf Moor.

Brendan Flood of course is responsible for all transfers in and out of the club, so it may have been just a simple meeting to review loan possibilities. In addition to Blake of course, we have also recently been linked with a loan move for 19 year old Bolton striker, Tom Eaves.

You would perhaps think though such deals could have been done over the phone so a personal meeting with Coyle does seem to suggest something else but who knows!

Vital Burnley wish to thank Burnley FC for the use of the Brendan Flood photograph above.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday September 19 2011

Time: 4:32PM

Your Comments

Intriguing! Bit disturbing we still seem to be willing to do deals with Coyle considering the state he left this club in after taking all our backroom staff with him to Notlob! Would anybody have him back?
turfmanphil
Intriguing! Bit disturbing we still seem to be willing to do deals with Coyle considering the state he left this club in after taking all our backroom staff with him to Notlob! Would anybody have him back?
turfmanphil
I'm 100% behind Eddie Howe but he won't be with us forever. If and when he leaves us - and he will at some stage - then I would have no problems with Owen Coyle making a return if he wanted to and it was right for the club. Though I still think he is more likely to end up at Ewood Park.
RickersTwickers
I'm 100% behind Eddie Howe but he won't be with us forever. If and when he leaves us - and he will at some stage - then I would have no problems with Owen Coyle making a return if he wanted to and it was right for the club. Though I still think he is more likely to end up at Ewood Park.
RickersTwickers
It is an intriguing question! We seem to have become almost dysfunctional without him! It was as though, the world was our oyster when he was here and the future was bright and clear! He left us in a pickle and the rest as they say was history. Trouble is if we did have him back, I can see him doing the same thing again unless the Board this time really did back his ambition with their own and released more of the dosh
turfmanphil
It is an intriguing question! We seem to have become almost dysfunctional without him! It was as though, the world was our oyster when he was here and the future was bright and clear! He left us in a pickle and the rest as they say was history. Trouble is if we did have him back, I can see him doing the same thing again unless the Board this time really did back his ambition with their own and released more of the dosh
turfmanphil
My first thought was yes lets have Judas back keep him for 2 weeks then sack him and promote Steve Davis for 2 weeks then sack him after which Eddie could come back from the garden........so thats a no from me then! Sometimes it is better to see the body language when negotiating, perhaps Brendan was asking for the cash for Mears and Eagles and the compo as you wonder if we have received it all yet?
VinRogue
My first thought was yes lets have Judas back keep him for 2 weeks then sack him and promote Steve Davis for 2 weeks then sack him after which Eddie could come back from the garden........so thats a no from me then! Sometimes it is better to see the body language when negotiating, perhaps Brendan was asking for the cash for Mears and Eagles and the compo as you wonder if we have received it all yet?
VinRogue
I WOULD HAVE HIM BACK TOMORROW TMP and I would be throwing rose petals in front of him, he was without doubt the best manager EVER in my time of watching the clarets. The pain we all felt/and continue to feel is testament to how much he endeared himself to claret fans whether they like it or not he had a massive effect on most of us, he had me out of my seat and I always felt his teams could win a game of football at any level, which he often proved, any one who continues to dis him really does need a reality check, some of us have VERY SHORT MEMORIES! I hope the relationship is rebuilt between him the fans and the clubs, as for leaving the club in a mess, well the club is responsible to have contracts in place to avoid such situations, and if they present themselves the club should have had enough about them to have been compensated accordingly, Owen Coyle only did what most of us would have done, built his career and looked out for his family ! I hate the ill feeling its time to move on
hollinsclaret
I WOULD HAVE HIM BACK TOMORROW TMP and I would be throwing rose petals in front of him, he was without doubt the best manager EVER in my time of watching the clarets. The pain we all felt/and continue to feel is testament to how much he endeared himself to claret fans whether they like it or not he had a massive effect on most of us, he had me out of my seat and I always felt his teams could win a game of football at any level, which he often proved, any one who continues to dis him really does need a reality check, some of us have VERY SHORT MEMORIES! I hope the relationship is rebuilt between him the fans and the clubs, as for leaving the club in a mess, well the club is responsible to have contracts in place to avoid such situations, and if they present themselves the club should have had enough about them to have been compensated accordingly, Owen Coyle only did what most of us would have done, built his career and looked out for his family ! I hate the ill feeling its time to move on
hollinsclaret
I really have some sympathy with that synopsis HC, would still be hard to swallow though even though I bloody agree with you! He hurt us and hurt us badly! I would though have to accept his cheesey grin again, I suppose
turfmanphil
I really have some sympathy with that synopsis HC, would still be hard to swallow though even though I bloody agree with you! He hurt us and hurt us badly! I would though have to accept his cheesey grin again, I suppose
turfmanphil
hollinsclaret is basically correct. We can wallow in self pity all we want, Coyle made an employment decision end of story. It's history, time to face the future. It's not him responsible for the last 18 months of poor performance and bad decisions is it. We now have a critically small inexperienced squad with virtually none of the promotion players left in it. Is that Coyle's' fault? of course not. Personally, I don't want Robbie Blake back because he is now past his sell by date. That does not detract from what he has done for us in the past, it is just a fact. We need defenders/midfield players now as a priority. This present mess is a result of how we have reacted to Coyle departure, which in my view has been very poor to say the least. We must look to the break the cycle of bad decisions starting now, by getting some quality loan signings to make a difference and start turn things around or we are on the way to league 1 simple as.
deadlydave
hollinsclaret is basically correct. We can wallow in self pity all we want, Coyle made an employment decision end of story. It's history, time to face the future. It's not him responsible for the last 18 months of poor performance and bad decisions is it. We now have a critically small inexperienced squad with virtually none of the promotion players left in it. Is that Coyle's' fault? of course not. Personally, I don't want Robbie Blake back because he is now past his sell by date. That does not detract from what he has done for us in the past, it is just a fact. We need defenders/midfield players now as a priority. This present mess is a result of how we have reacted to Coyle departure, which in my view has been very poor to say the least. We must look to the break the cycle of bad decisions starting now, by getting some quality loan signings to make a difference and start turn things around or we are on the way to league 1 simple as.
deadlydave
I nearly fell of my chair when Lee Dixon said that Owen Coyle was a manager under pressure at the end of MOTD2. It was only a few weeks ago people had him linked with Liverpool / Arsenal...and now this (albeit non story). They've had an incredibly tough run of fixtures (Norwich at home excepting). It's funny, a good friend of mine says that he has not been liked by all Bolton fans, despite the season they had last year, I'm not sure why, but I guess Bolton (as well as being spoilt in recent years) are not as easily impressed. I would have a quiet laugh if Bolton ended up sacking him but I don't think it will happen. He would never end up back here surely, but if he had the front to leave us like that, then he'd have it t return. Football's funny like that.
cubanclaret
I nearly fell of my chair when Lee Dixon said that Owen Coyle was a manager under pressure at the end of MOTD2. It was only a few weeks ago people had him linked with Liverpool / Arsenal...and now this (albeit non story). They've had an incredibly tough run of fixtures (Norwich at home excepting). It's funny, a good friend of mine says that he has not been liked by all Bolton fans, despite the season they had last year, I'm not sure why, but I guess Bolton (as well as being spoilt in recent years) are not as easily impressed. I would have a quiet laugh if Bolton ended up sacking him but I don't think it will happen. He would never end up back here surely, but if he had the front to leave us like that, then he'd have it t return. Football's funny like that.
cubanclaret
What has the world gone mad!! Coyle back not a Jack Palance, how many times has this guy stabbed us in the back and continues to do so, bitter you bet I am we shouldn't be doing any dealings with him or Bolton turning players heads and staff and going for next to nothing.
8clarets8
What has the world gone mad!! Coyle back not a Jack Palance, how many times has this guy stabbed us in the back and continues to do so, bitter you bet I am we shouldn't be doing any dealings with him or Bolton turning players heads and staff and going for next to nothing.
8clarets8
If Coyle has got anything he has got ego in a big way. Absolutely no way would he looking to join anything less than another Prem club. I have no problem with seeing Robbie back at the Turf, he would bring with him that experience we are lacking.
cornwallclaret
If Coyle has got anything he has got ego in a big way. Absolutely no way would he looking to join anything less than another Prem club. I have no problem with seeing Robbie back at the Turf, he would bring with him that experience we are lacking.
cornwallclaret
When he left we had not won away since the old queen died, conceded goals for fun, got hammered on numerous occassions and were on a bad run. He was struggling big style but at least playing attacking football despite Caldwell, Carlisle. Jordan and Jensen proving they were not quite PL standard!! Moved to further his career, showed no loyalty in ripping the heart out of the club he was leader of. If he was on fire I would have a tough choice.
VinRogue
When he left we had not won away since the old queen died, conceded goals for fun, got hammered on numerous occassions and were on a bad run. He was struggling big style but at least playing attacking football despite Caldwell, Carlisle. Jordan and Jensen proving they were not quite PL standard!! Moved to further his career, showed no loyalty in ripping the heart out of the club he was leader of. If he was on fire I would have a tough choice.
VinRogue
Sorry Guys. It's a big NO from me. Coyle can go rot at Ewood Park for me
CanadaClaret
Sorry Guys. It's a big NO from me. Coyle can go rot at Ewood Park for me
CanadaClaret
Wow! And there was me thinking I had an outside chance of finishing my long promised scene-by-scene outline for Coyle - the Opera (A Bit of a Song and a Dance) when on holiday over the next 2 weeks, after hopefully first finishing Dave Thomas's book about him on the plane!!!! But not a bit of it, if these kinds of stories are going to run and run, with first the one from Totally in this site's forums about *oyley being booed in church as the Olypmic torch passed from *olton to Burnley, and now about two of the opera's biggest stars kissing and making up!!!! However, I already had a cunning plan for the opera to feature not only duets between stars such as *wen and Brendan ("I'll Never Let you Down" looks like being one of the show's big Act One hits.) but also between massed choirs of fans of differing and shifting ideologies. (It will all be done with masks, of course, to continue the operatic traditions established by Mozart and others.) I haven't decided yet, but this does allow the possibility of the final act being a choral fight scene between 'happy clappers' (dressed in claret) and 'manic panickers' (dressed in blue) presenting their differing views on how the opera should end. Previously I had thought this could only be by *oyley drowning the fires of his ambition in an ice-cold Widdup Reservoir, and then being lured onwards into hell by the devil (Old Gartside). But now arises the alternative of his contrite plea, the fans' heart-wrenching forgiveness, and a triumphalist heavenly homecoming.
Couch Potato
Wow! And there was me thinking I had an outside chance of finishing my long promised scene-by-scene outline for Coyle - the Opera (A Bit of a Song and a Dance) when on holiday over the next 2 weeks, after hopefully first finishing Dave Thomas's book about him on the plane!!!! But not a bit of it, if these kinds of stories are going to run and run, with first the one from Totally in this site's forums about *oyley being booed in church as the Olypmic torch passed from *olton to Burnley, and now about two of the opera's biggest stars kissing and making up!!!! However, I already had a cunning plan for the opera to feature not only duets between stars such as *wen and Brendan ("I'll Never Let you Down" looks like being one of the show's big Act One hits.) but also between massed choirs of fans of differing and shifting ideologies. (It will all be done with masks, of course, to continue the operatic traditions established by Mozart and others.) I haven't decided yet, but this does allow the possibility of the final act being a choral fight scene between 'happy clappers' (dressed in claret) and 'manic panickers' (dressed in blue) presenting their differing views on how the opera should end. Previously I had thought this could only be by *oyley drowning the fires of his ambition in an ice-cold Widdup Reservoir, and then being lured onwards into hell by the devil (Old Gartside). But now arises the alternative of his contrite plea, the fans' heart-wrenching forgiveness, and a triumphalist heavenly homecoming.
Couch Potato
Hollins you were not around in the Harry Potts days, or Jimmy Adamson days then. NO WAY DO I WANT COYLE BACK AT TURF MOOR.
Grimsby Claret
Hollins you were not around in the Harry Potts days, or Jimmy Adamson days then. NO WAY DO I WANT COYLE BACK AT TURF MOOR.
Grimsby Claret
Harry Potts was the KING. What he did for BFC was astonishing, I am eternally grateful for having had the opportunity to watch his teams and the glorious football they played which is still remembered around the Country. He really did put The Clarets on the footbal map.
cornwallclaret
Harry Potts was the KING. What he did for BFC was astonishing, I am eternally grateful for having had the opportunity to watch his teams and the glorious football they played which is still remembered around the Country. He really did put The Clarets on the footbal map.
cornwallclaret
Not for me thanks. He wouldn't come anyway, his ego wouldn't fit down Harry Potts Way.
marjory blenkinsop
Not for me thanks. He wouldn't come anyway, his ego wouldn't fit down Harry Potts Way.
marjory blenkinsop
Vital Burnley poll now up...Would you ever have Owen Coyle back as manager?
8clarets8
Vital Burnley poll now up...Would you ever have Owen Coyle back as manager?
8clarets8
 

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