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McCarthy tipped to take over as Bolton boss

MICK McCarthy's track record in the Championship has made him the leading contender to replace Owen Coyle as Bolton Wanderers manager.

Coyle was removed from office on Tuesday morning after two and a half years at the Reebok Stadium.

After defeat at Millwall on Saturday left Bolton within three points of the relegation zone and a daunting 10 from an automatic promotion, the Bolton board is keen to appoint someone who knows how to get out of the Championship. McCarthy has taken both Sunderland and Wolverhampton Wanderers into the Premier League and, given the financial situation at the Reebok, a quick return to the top flight is the overwhelming priority.

Other names have been mentioned, including former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who, is in the North West this week and watched United's reserves team playing at Altrincham on Monday night

Another former United player, Roy Keane, is also keen on a return to management, although an unimpressive spell in charge of Ipswich Town is likely to count against the Irishman, with Blackburn Rovers a more likely destination given their liking for a star name.

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Former England captain Alan Shearer is looking for a management job, while there would be some support for Phil Brown, given his previous association with Bolton as a player and as an assistant to Sam Allardyce.

Coyle visited Bolton's training ground after being informed of his sacking by chairman Phil Gartside to say his goodbyes. The Scot said he was convinced the squad are good enough to achieve promotion.

"It's disappointing, that would be an understatement," he said.

"But I know how football works because we've been in it long enough. We understand the highs and the lows.

"We've worked for very long hours to put in place a plan that will serve the club well for years to come. Whoever comes in is going to be a very, very lucky person because he's coming to a wonderful football club."


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