Thursday 18 January 2018

Coyle on leave as clubs haggle over pay-off deal

Rory Smith

BURNLEY last night placed manager Owen Coyle on gardening leave after failing to agree a compensation package with Bolton despite the Scot reiterating his desire to succeed Gary Megson at the Reebok Stadium.

Burnley chairman, Barry Kilby, held talks with Coyle on Monday night to try to persuade him to stay and gave assurances of further transfer funds to help to establish Burnley as a Premier League force.

Kilby is adamant that his club are due £3m compensation, however his counterpart at Bolton, Phil Gartside, believes a clause in Coyle's contract entitles him to leave for just £1m.

Clearly, Coyle will not be allowed to join Bolton until a compromise can be reached. A statement from Burnley yesterday confirmed that Coyle had "reaffirmed his desire" to join Bolton and revealed the two clubs would "now enter discussions due to the fact that compensation between the two parties has yet to be agreed".

First team coach, Steve Davis, is expected to take over Coyle's duties until a solution is found.

The Scot can expect a significant increase on his seven-figure salary to move to the Reebok, as well as a substantially increased budget to overhaul the squad he will inherit.

Megson is not believed to be a contender to replace Coyle as Burnley appear determined to follow the policy of appointing up-and-coming managers which saw them appoint the former St Johnstone boss over two years ago.

Darren Ferguson was recently dismissed by Peterborough and he fits Burnley's desired profile while Paulo Sousa has established a reputation as one of the most promising coaches in the Championship during spells at QPR and Swansea.

Burnley are also thought to be hoping to talk to Simon Grayson, the Leeds United manager, though the prospect of the former Blackpool chief wishing to leave his home-town club while they sit at the top of League One is a distant one. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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