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Coyle: We'll be back in no time

Bolton boss Owen Coyle is convinced the Trotters will reclaim their Premier League status at the first opportunity.

Wanderers were condemned to Championship football for the first time in 11 years after they could only draw 2-2 at Stoke yesterday.

Coyle said: "Of course it's horrible. It's such a wonderful club, and we will have that again. We're hurting dropping down to the Championship but we'll bounce back at the first attempt."

Bolton went into the match knowing victory coupled with defeat for QPR at Manchester City would see them safe but, with Rangers beating City, Jon Walters levelled matters at the Britannia Stadium from the penalty spot.

The dramatic turnaround that saw City win and take the title only made things worse for Bolton as it dawned on them after the final whistle that it had been in their own hands after all.


Coyle's position is not thought to be under threat despite relegation, and he insisted the club is in a healthy state financially and will not be forced to sell their best players.

On his own future, he said: "That's not up to me. If Tim Ream's header goes in -- you don't become a bad manager because somebody makes a save.

"I know the young players I've brought in and how good they're going to be.

"Maybe in the past this club has paid far too much money to players.

"The plan we put in place was going to serve the club for years to come.

"The disappointment is we're out of the Premier League, but we'll come back stronger."

Stoke took a controversial 13th-minute lead but the visitors fought back and levelled in the 40th minute when Robert Huth's attempted clearance hit Mark Davies and flew in.

Five minutes later Bolton were ahead from Kevin Davies, before Stoke made their point with a 77th-minute penalty.