Date:Monday September 19 2011
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.
Date:Monday September 19 2011
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