Bolton chairman Phil Gartside has spoken of his delight at the return of the "inspirational" figure of Owen Coyle to the club as manager.
Wanderers finally confirmed the appointment of Coyle as their new boss yesterday after agreeing a compensation package with his former employers Burnley, who thanked Coyle for his achievements after confirming an agreement had been reached over compensation.
Coyle was a firm favourite with fans during his time as a striker for Bolton in the 1990s, scoring 23 goals over the course of two-and-a-half seasons.
Gartside shortlisted the Scot for the manager's job at the Reebok Stadium before appointing Gary Megson in 2007 and subsequently recommended him to Burnley, where he took over the following month.
A little over two years down the line, with Coyle having led the Clarets into the top flight for the first time in 33 years, there was no doubt in Gartside's mind who he wanted at the helm after sacking Megson. "Owen was our number one target and we are naturally delighted that he has returned to the football club as manager," Gartside said. "He was an inspirational player who leads by example and a great motivator and, on behalf of everyone at Bolton Wanderers, I would like to say welcome home."
Coyle, who has reportedly signed a two-and-a-half-year contract, has never hidden his affection for Bolton. "I'm absolutely delighted to be back at Bolton Wanderers," Coyle said. "I look forward to the opportunity of bringing the good times back to the club for everyone."
Coyle has taken immediate charge of the team, although, with today's Premier League clash against Sunderland postponed due to bad weather, his first match will not come until the meeting with Arsenal a week from tomorrow.