Coyle has expressed a desrire to leave Turf Moor and was tipped to be installed as the new Bolton manager in time for the Barclays Premier League clash.
However Evans, who is scheduled to host a pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of the visit to the Stadium of Light, will be given the task of making it two wins in as many games, following Bolton's 4-0 victory against Lincoln City in the FA Cup last weekend.
Bolton duo: Chris Evans (right) and Steve Wigley will remain in charge against Sunderland
Coyle led Burnley into the top flight for the first time in 33 years after moving from St Johnstone in November 2007. But he believes Bolton, where he spent two seasons as a player, to be a better option and is poised to replace Gary Megson .
Eighteenthed-placed Bolton were due to face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium last night but that match was postponed due to the weather.
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