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McGhee backs Coyle decision

Mark McGhee insists Owen Coyle was right to snub Celtic to stay in the English Premier League.

Coyle revealed at his unveiling as Bolton's new manager yesterday that he had rejected the chance to "quadruple" his salary by leaving Burnley for Parkhead during the summer.

Aberdeen boss McGhee, who lost out to Tony Mowbray in the race to succeed Gordon Strachan once Coyle had declared himself out of the running, fully understands the former St Johnstone boss's position.

"Someone like Owen Coyle is looking at Celtic," he said. "OK, you've got your Champions League interest, which this year for Celtic ended very quickly. I don't know how much of a draw that is these days."

McGhee, who had a brief spell managing in the English top flight at Leicester City, added: "There's no argument, the Premier League in England is one of the best couple of championships. That's where, as a manager, you should want to be. Somebody has to be very careful about leaving that because getting back into it is not that easy.

"Once you're in it, you should try to stay there. Without it ever being a slight on Celtic as a club, I think the English Premier League is where it's at."

Burnley caretaker manager Martin Dobson, meanwhile, believes Coyle's move to Bolton has been "unsettling" for the Clarets players and hopes the club can swiftly find a successor.

Dobson and youth-team coach Terry Pashley -- assisted by club captain Steven Caldwell and acting team captain Graham Alexander -- have temporarily taken over first-team affairs at Turf Moor.

Former first-team coach Steve Davis and goalkeeping coach Phil Hughes have also now both left the club.

Burnley have confirmed that interviews are "ongoing" for the manager's job, with Doncaster's Sean O'Driscoll and former Sheffield Wednesday boss Brian Laws both linked.

Dobson said: "We are taking it a day at a time."


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