Coyle has faith in Weiss to 'brighten up' Wanderers

Phil Medlicott

Bolton manager Owen Coyle believes Vladimir Weiss can "brighten up" the Reebok Stadium in the same way his team of entertainers did at Burnley.

Coyle's new club hosts his old one this evening in the Premier League, with the manager set to hand a debut to Weiss, the Slovakia winger who has joined Wanderers on loan from Manchester City until the end of the season.

Weiss has impressed with some eye-catching cameo appearances for City this term, and Coyle is hoping the 20-year-old can help him start to recreate with Bolton the sort of crowd-pleasing football he developed so successfully at Burnley.

"He's a young player and an exciting player -- the type of player that I brought to Burnley," Coyle said.

"You look at (Chris) Eagles, (Martin) Paterson, (Kevin) McDonald, exciting players that I like.

"They can brighten the place up and get the fans out of their seats and that is what I am trying to do here now at Bolton Wanderers.

"He is a very positive player who likes to get at full-backs, who likes to get crosses in and shots in.

"He is the type of player that I want at the football club -- one that excites the fans. I also believe there is an edge to his game and a quality that will help the ones we already have."

After guiding Burnley into the top flight last summer for the first time in 33 years, Coyle went from hero to zero in the eyes of many of the Turf Moor faithful when he left for Bolton earlier this month.

The Scot retains a strong affection for the Clarets, but admitted it would be hypocritical of him to expect a warm reception from the travelling supporters tonight, having spent more than two years encouraging them to be as passionate about their club as possible.

"People are disappointed that you have left and I understand that," Coyle said.

"I asked those same fans for that 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.

"We were always up against it, but what we did was more than remarkable and we took the fans along with it. We asked the fans for that passion and it is a remarkable football club. Whatever happens, that will never leave me.

"I'll always have a special place for Burnley football club and if fans want to come and vent their anger and frustration at me, then so be it.

"I asked them to be passionate, so I can't then say 'stop being passionate about your football club'. They love their football club and rightly so."