Owen Coyle has signed a three-year deal to become new Bolton manager as Burnley vowed to keep their Premier League dream alive without him.
Coyle made the controversial move from Turf Moor to the Reebok after the Lancashire clubs compromised on a compensation figure of £1.5million which left the 43-year-old free to take over at Bolton, where he spent two seasons as a player.
He is expected to be joined by his assistant Sandy Stewart and coach John Henry, casting doubt over the futures of Chris Evans and Steve Wigley, who have been in charge of Bolton team affairs since Gary Megson was sacked 10 days ago.
Coyle, whose first game will be at home to Arsenal a week on Sunday, said: 'I'm absolutely delighted to be back at Bolton.
'I look forward to the opportunity of bringing the good times back.'
It's good to be back: Coyle had a successful stint as a player with Bolton
Chairman Phil Gartside added: 'Owen was our No 1 target and we are delighted that he has returned to the club as manager.'
Coyle was instrumental in guiding Burnley into the Premier Leagueand his departure could have dire consequences as they face arelegation battle with Bolton.
But defender Graham Alexander insisted yesterday that Burnley are far more than a one-man club.
'We can't think about Owen Coyle because Owen Coyle won't be thinking about us,' said Alexander.
'As great a job as he did here, it wasn't all down to one man. Wehave nothing to prove to Owen. He has decided to go to another club,but the end of the story isn't today. Hopefully we can carry it on andstay in the Premier League.'
Alexander revealed Coyle had contacted the Burnley players to tellthem he was leaving, having been unable to do so in person because ofthe weather and negotiations over his departure.
The Scotland veteran admitted Coyle's departure would give Burnley's trip to Bolton later this month an added edge.
'It's certainly going to be a spicy one now,' he said. 'We knew hehad history with Bolton but we didn't think he would go there. I'mgutted that he's gone.
'I thought he was going to be our manager for the long haul.'
Mike Phelan, Paulo Sousa, Paul Jewell and Simon Grayson have beenlinked with the vacancy, but Norwich boss Paul Lambert and Hibernian'sJohn Hughes ruled themselves out.
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