Blake leaves Clarets with heavy heart

02 July 2010 03:32
Robbie Blake admits he would still be at Burnley in an ideal world but is confident Owen Coyle will get the best out of him again at Bolton. Blake was reunited with his old boss this week after signing for Wanderers on a free transfer. Under Coyle, the striker played an important part in getting Burnley promoted to the Barclays Premier League and started last season with a bang by scoring a memorable winner against Manchester United in the first top-flight match to be held at Turf Moor for 33 years. Things turned sour for Blake after Coyle's defection to the Reebok Stadium in January and Brian Laws' appointment as manager as he struggled to get a game in a Clarets team that was eventually relegated. With his contract coming to an end, Blake was left feeling the only way was out and the former Leeds frontman is delighted to be joining forces with Coyle once again. Asked if it had been hard for him to decide to leave Turf Moor, Blake said: "It was difficult and it wasn't difficult because of circumstances at the football club where I didn't feel wanted or as if I was going to be playing games. In an ideal situation it would have been great to have been given that opportunity to stay there - if I'm being honest, I did want to stay there. "But to be given this opportunity at Bolton is fantastic - to work under a manager as good as Owen Coyle, who has brought the best out of me more than any other manager has done. I can't wait to get going."

Source: PA