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Coyle expecting tough Toffees test
Published : 10 Nov 2010 10:14:00
After suffering the same fate with two different clubs at Goodison Park last season, Owen Coyle is well aware of how tough a task Bolton face. Coyle had to make the journey to play Everton at their ground twice last term in the Premier League, first with Burnley and then Bolton having defected to the Trotters in January. On each occasion his team was reduced to 10 men before being defeated 2-0 and the Wanderers manager is expecting another testing time on Merseyside against his fellow Scot and old friend David Moyes on Wednesday evening. "I remember the Everton game very clearly - we (Bolton) were terrific at Everton and very comfortable in the game," Coyle said. "Then we had a player sent off and Mikel Arteta moved a free-kick a number of yards and curled one in the corner. "I remember that feeling of disappointment because we did ever so well, but that is how tough it is at Everton. "I went there with Burnley as well last year and it was 0-0, we had a man sent off as well and lost a goal. "So we need to be concentrated and focused for the duration of the match, knowing that Everton have quality." Moyes has been in charge at Everton for more than eight years and his achievements over that period - which include guiding the Toffees to a fourth-place Premier League finish in 2005 and the FA Cup final in 2009 - have seen him emerge as one of the most frequently-touted candidates to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United manager. That has come as no surprise to Coyle, who feels Moyes' exploits warrant attention from the game's biggest clubs. "It certainly wouldn't surprise me if one of the elite clubs in world football had been looking at David Moyes to be their manager," Coyle said. "It's been mentioned before about him being a successor to Sir Alex Ferguson and that doesn't surprise me at all because I know how hard he works and how good he is at his job. "If he is given the right tools, there is no doubt he would go on to win trophies." Coyle could see the management potential in Moyes from an early stage. "I know him from when I was at Bolton as a player - Moyesy was at Preston and John McGinlay, who I played with, was pally with him from Shrewsbury," Coyle said. "We used to meet up and I knew how much he loved the game - and from a coaching perspective, even at that stage when he was playing. "So it didn't surprise me when he went on to be, as he is right now, an outstanding manager who has done a remarkable job."