BURNLEY chairman Barry Kilby has accused Owen Coyle of making a "sideways move" to become the Bolton Wanderers manager and described the Scot's departure as having been a "trauma" for his club.
Kilby and Burnley director Brendan Flood were continuing to hold talks with Bolton chairman Phil Gartside last night to resolve the compensation row between the clubs that has delayed Coyle's formal appointment as manager at the Reebok.
Coyle (43) remains on gardening leave as the Lancashire rivals attempt to agree a settlement figure. Burnley are insisting on a £3m compensation package, with Bolton believing that a clause in Coyle's contract enables them to acquire him for £1m.
Having guided Burnley to promotion to the Premier League last season, Coyle rejected advances from Celtic to sign a new contract and remain at Turf Moor.
Kilby said: "I fully expected that when Owen did move from here -- he is an ambitious manager and we accepted that might happen -- that he would go upwards from Burnley and not to someone who is sideways, a club with whom we are fighting a relegation scrap."