Gartside flies to Scotland to bring back Coyle


Phil Gartside yesterday spoke to Burnley chairman Brendon Flood and got the all clear he needed to approach Owen Coyle and offer him the manager’s job at the Reebok Stadium. Gartside has already flown to Glasgow to meet with Coyle in order to thrash out a deal. Coyle told his players after their win at MK Dons that he knew Bolton were going to approach him and he said he wants the chance to speak to them.

Gartside and Flood are both friends which makes it a slightly awkward situation but Flood owes it to Gartside after it was he who recommended Coyle to the Clarets in the first place. A move which helped Burnley to the tune of £60 million.  Phil Gartside is expected to wrap up the deal within the next 48 hours and Coyle could be taking charge of his first game for the Wanderers on Wednesday against Arsenal.

Coyle’s history with Bolton will make it a special reunion for both the manager and the fans.  Coyle will bring with him most of his coaching and backroom staff and coupled with his love of great football he is bound to be a winner with Bolton.

He takes over a Bolton team which in terms of league place are in exactly the same position as when Megson arrived just over 2 years ago (3 points off 13th). Megson, however, has been in a string of interviews where he claims he left Bolton in a far better state than when he took over.  Bolton Wanderers though have not seen the light of day above 12th position in the league since Megson took over from Sammy Lee but previously Wanderers were established as a top half team. Megson was taking over a top half team that started the season badly yet he continues to brand Bolton as in a “right mess” as though they had been scrapping at the bottom for years.

You heard it here first that Coyle was interested (Dec 31st) when the rest said he had dismissed Bolton, and you heard it here first that Gartside had spoken to Burnley (3rd Jan).


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