Monday 22 January 2018

McCarthy and Keane tipped for Bolton with Coyle firmly in firing line

Mick McCarthy and Roy Keane have emerged as candidates to succeed Owen Coyle as Bolton Wanderers manager with the Scot facing an uncertain future following talks with owner Eddie Davies and chairman Phil Gartside, WRITES MARK OGDEN.

Having been handed a target of an average of two points a game this season by Gartside, Coyle is battling to save his job with Bolton currently lying in 18th position, three points clear of the bottom three, following a run of four defeats in seven league games.

Although the former Burnley manager has been forced to make huge savings on wages following relegation from the Premier League last season, with over £20m being sliced off the wage bill, patience is understood to be running out at the Reebok, with Coyle being warned that a rapid improvement is required to save his job.

Despite Coyle retaining a healthy relationship with Gartside and Davies, he admitted following Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Millwall that his future does not lie in his own hands.

Coyle said: "I would never ever walk away from Bolton Wanderers, but if the powers that be feel the club need to go in a different direction then I'd understand that. It's football."

While concern is growing at results, Coyle is nonetheless expected to be handed the opportunity to arrest the slump against fellow strugglers Bristol City. However, the availability of experienced managers such as McCarthy and Keane, who have both guided clubs to promotion from the Championship in recent seasons, has placed further pressure on Coyle.

McCarthy is keen to return to management after being sacked by Wolves, while Keane favours a job closer to home after rejecting the chance to manage Turkish club Kasimpasa last week. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent

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