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01-06-2010, 12:48 AM #1
Burnley manager Owen Coyle moves to Bolton
Burnley announced Tuesday that manager Owen Coyle has left the club to take over Bolton.
Bolton fired Gary Megson last Wednesday and Coyle, who guided Burnley to promotion to the Premier League last season, decided to move to its near neighbour where he had a two-year spell as a player.
"Owen Coyle has today reaffirmed his desire to leave Burnley Football Club and join Bolton Wanderers Football Club," Burnley said in a statement.
"Burnley will now enter discussions with Bolton due to the fact that compensation between the two parties has yet to be agreed."
The 43-year-old Scot, who played for Bolton between 1993 and 1995 and was popular with the fans, has been Burnley manager since November 2007 and led the team back into the top flight for the first time since 1976.
Now he takes over a club which won the FA Cup four times but has not captured a major trophy since 1958. Bolton has been in the top flight since 2001 and finished in the top eight four seasons in a row between '04 and '07 under Sam Allardyce.
But the team is currently in the relegation zone in 18th place and Megson was fired after the team surrendered a 2-0 lead at home to next-to-last Hull, drawing the game 2-2. Burnley is four places higher.