Monday 19 February 2018

Coyle unveiled as Bolton boss

Bolton Wanderers finally named Owen Coyle as their new manager yesterday, less than a week after he left Premier League neighbours Burnley.

The former Wanderers striker has been on the verge of succeeding Gary Megson all week and will take immediate charge of the team, although with this weekend's clash against Sunderland postponed, his first match will be the Premier League clash with Arsenal a week tomorrow.

Coyle, who has reportedly signed a two-and-a-half-year contract, has a bedding-in period with today's trip to Wearside off due to snow.

The delay in confirming his appointment was largely due to Bolton's ongoing negotiations in thrashing out a compensation deal with Burnley.

Coyle led Burnley into the top flight for the first time in 33 years after moving from St Johnstone in November 2007, but believes Bolton is a better option.

"It's been a long, drawn-out week," said Bolton chairman Phil Gartside.

"Owen was the only one on the list. I'd got a list of 30 names but the only one we wanted was Owen. We haven't interviewed anyone, we haven't contacted anyone. It was just Owen that we wanted."

As for what makes Coyle special, Gartside added: "It's his desire. He had to come back here, really.

"He's well known to the place, he came through an era which was special to everybody, including me. Bruce Rioch revitalised Bolton in the early 90s. That period was special and Owen was part of that.

"He is infectious. He still is infectious, even more so than before."

Irish Independent

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