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Is Owen Coyle right to swap Burnley for Bolton?
Published : 05 Jan 2010 10:31:53Rss feed
Because many will view Coyle's choice as a sideways move at best, and personal greed at worst. Burnley are four places above Bolton in the Premier League. Bolton may have a more expensively-assembled squad, but Coyle is inheriting a group of players bought to play in a direct style which he doesn't favour. Related ArticlesCoyle on verge of leaving BurnleyCoyle in talks with BoltonBolton to make approach for CoylePremier League Transfer TalkBolton fans won't regret forcing out Gary MegsonCoyle to decide on futureNeither club a rich owner, and while Bolton's average attendances are slightly higher, they sell just 75 per cent of seats at the Reebok, the second lowest figure in the division. So why go? Isn't Coyle destined for brighter things than Bolton? And at just 43, couldn't he at least wait until the end of the season before looking for a fresh opportunity? Coyle is one of British management's rising stars a slightly cuddlier heir to the two other Glaswegians he joined in the Premier League, David Moyes and Sir Alex Ferguson. Even as a Championship club, Burnley beat Fulham, Chelsea and Arsenal in the Carling Cup before giving Tottenham the fright of their lives in the last four. They continued to cause upsets in the top flight, beating Manchester United in their first home game to the delight of neutrals everywhere. Unlike the man he will replace at Bolton, Coyle is an engaging character intelligent, enthusiastic and modest and his personality is reflected by his Burnley side. In Robbie Blake, Graham Alexander and Brian 'The Beast' Jensen, he has based his side around terrace idols with whom all fans can identify. But can you still warm to a manager who would jump ship in midseason, while his club are still fighting for survival? -- Have your say below
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