Burnley braced to lose Owen Coyle as Bolton hold talks over manager's job

04 January 2010 03:25

Wanted: Burnley manager Coyle

Burnley have confirmed that Owen Coyle is talking to Bolton about the current vacancy at the Reebok Stadium.

The Clarets have received an official approach from Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside and they are now braced to lose their talented boss.

'Burnley Football Club can now confirm that manager Owen Coyle has held discussions with Bolton Wanderers FC over the vacant manager's position at the Reebok Stadium,' read a club statement.

'Burnley Football Club chairman Barry Kilby will now meet with Coyle to discuss his future at Turf Moor.

'This will take place following Coyle's return from Scotland tonight (Monday). Burnley Football Club will not make any further comment at this time.'

It appears Coyle is keen to return to the club where he enjoyed two and a half seasons as a player but for that to happen Bolton will have to come up with more than £3million in compensation.

That clause was inserted into the Burnley manager's contract when he signed a 12-month extension to his existing three-year deal in the summer, having turned down boyhood clubCeltic. 

Gartside short-listed Coyle for the Bolton manager's job before he appointed Gary Megson in October 2007 and subsequently recommended him to Burnley, where the Scot took over the following month.

When Megson was sacked last week Coyle was installed as Gartside's top target and it appears the ambitious 43-year-old would welcome a move.

Memories: Coyle had a successful stint as a player with Bolton

Having got Burnley promoted to the top flight for the first time in 33 years Coyle has had to work on a shoestring budget and has frequently remarked that the likes of Lancashire rivals Bolton, Blackburn and Wigan are all operating with at least three times the finances at his disposal.

Coyle has never hidden his affection for Bolton, where he played between 1993 and 1995.

Prior to the Boxing Day visit of his former club the Scot admitted Wanderers were 'a club very close to my heart', adding 'I had a lot of fantastic times at Bolton and loved every minute'.

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Source: Daily_Mail

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