Coyle ready for Burnley backlash

25 January 2010 05:25
Bolton boss Owen Coyle is ready for a hot reception from Burnley's fans when his former club visit his new one in the Premier League on Tuesday.A Bolton win would lift them above Burnley in the relegation zone, adding further tension following Coyle's move from Burnley to Bolton two weeks ago. [LNB]"People are disappointed that you have left. I understand that," said Coyle. [LNB]"If (Burnley) fans want to come and vent their anger and frustration at me, then so be it." [LNB]The Scot guided Burnley into the Premier League last summer for the first time in 33 years, before replacing Gary Megson as Bolton manager on 8 January.[LNB] [LNB][LNB]Coyle expects Burnley fans backlash[LNB]Speaking ahead of the much-anticipated clash, Coyle was realistic about what to expect, particularly as Burnley have now failed to win in their last 10 games. [LNB]He explained: "I asked those same fans for passion and desire over the course of two years, so I can't then start complaining about it if it seems to be that they have turned on me. [LNB]"I can't say 'stop being passionate about your football club'. They love their football club and rightly so." [LNB]Looking back on his achievements with the Clarets - who sit just two points above second-from-bottom Bolton - the 43-year-old hoped time would heal any bitterness. [LNB]"We were always up against it, but what we did was more than remarkable and we took the fans along with it," he said. [LNB]"What I do know is the job we did - and I say we, because we did it collectively at that football club - was remarkable over the course of two years. [LNB]"As time goes by I think everybody will look back and realise that it was such an important part of the history at the football club." [LNB]Regarding the circumstances of his controversial departure to Burnley's Lancashire rivals, Coyle - who played for Bolton between 1993 and 1995 - insisted he conducted himself in the appropriate manner.[LNB] If Bolton win this game I can see us going on to survive neilrickaby He explained: "I sat to make sure that Burnley got the compensation they were due. [LNB]"I wasn't one to start throwing mud, I just sat and let people say what they wanted to say, knowing that I conducted myself well every step along the way. [LNB]"I'll always have a special place for Burnley Football Club." [LNB]Burnley boss Brian Laws, meanwhile, has asked his players to keep their discipline on what promises to be a tense night at the Reebok Stadium. [LNB]"We have to be very focused and channel the aggression, the upset and the turmoil in the right way and play our football in the right way," he said. [LNB]"The last thing we want to do is channel it in the wrong way and for all hell to break loose. [LNB]"Footballers are footballers - they may be upset for 48 hours but they move on quickly and this is an opportunity to show everyone they are good enough to play in the Premier League. [LNB]"It does adds spice to the game - and this is the kind of spice I was dreaming of experiencing as a Premier League manager. This is the place to be."

Source: BBC_Sport