Coyle holds talks over Trotters job

04 January 2010 03:33
Following the departure of Gary Megson last week, former Bolton player Coyle was favourite to take over at the Reebok Stadium.[LNB]For the first time on Monday Burnley officially confirmed that Coyle has held discussions with Bolton.[LNB]A statement issued by Burnley read: "We can now confirm that manager Owen Coyle has held discussions with Bolton over the vacant manager's position at the Reebok Stadium.[LNB]"Burnley chairman Barry Kilby will now meet with Coyle to discuss his future at Turf Moor.[LNB]"This will take place following Coyle's return from Scotland tonight.[LNB]"Burnley will not make any further comment at this time."[LNB]Coyle is keen to return to the club where he enjoyed two and a half seasons as a player but Bolton will seemingly have to come up with more than £3million in compensation if that is to happen.[LNB]It is understood that clause was inserted into the his contract when he signed a 12-month extension to his existing three-year deal in the summer.[LNB]Bolton chairman Phil 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.[LNB]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.[LNB]Having steered Burnley to promotion to the top flight for the first time in 33 years Coyle has had to work on a shoestring budget.[LNB]He recently remarked after the Boxing Day fixture with Bolton that they had three times Burnley's budget.[LNB][LNB] Arsenal v Bolton Half-time/Full-time: Draw / Arsenal 11/4  

Source: Team_Talk