Date: 5th January 2010 at 8:35am
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Monday 4th January 2010

Following club confirmation that Owen Coyle has had talks with Phil Gartside about the managerial role at Bolton, the Official Site make the following statement at 10pm

‘Senior Burnley Football Club officials have, on Monday evening, held detailed talks with first team manager Owen Coyle over his future at Turf Moor.

‘As a result of these talks over Coyle’s future with his current employers, both parties have decided to take a further 24 hours to digest the information shared before making any further announcement.

‘There will be no further comment during this time from Burnley Football Club or Owen Coyle.’

Most Clarets fans judge this to mean that there might be a glimmer of hope that Coyle could be staying at Burnley.

Some sources in the media are also suggesting that Coyle’s move to Bolton could be on the verge of falling through.

Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside, it is understood had hoped to announce Coyle as manager on Tuesday afternoon so that timing now certainly seems to be scuppered.

Sky Sports also hint that this delay could mean there may have been further developments following Coyle’s discussion with Burnley’s senior officials.

They state it was widely anticipated that Coyle would confirm his move to Bolton after talks with Barry Kilby.

Tuesday 5th January 2010

-The Daily Star believe that despite the hiccup and delay, Owen Coyle will still be announced as Bolton manager.

Under the headline ‘Owen Coyle New Bolton Manager’ they state that Coyle will become Bolton`s new manager today after a night of bickering over the amount of compensation Burnley will receive.

It is understood Burnley are demanding £3.6m with Bolton only willing to pay £1m. There is a compensation clause in Coyle’s contract that mentions the £3.6 million figure but the Daily Star also say Burnley know that they will almost certainly have to accept a sum considerably lower than that.

If that is so why are we bothering writing contracts in the first place? They are simply a waste of space and it would be better to save the trees in South America. Even more angry now!

-The Daily Express take a different stance. They believe Barry Kilby and Brendan Flood have put forward a strong pitch, outlining increased transfer funds in a bid to buy his loyalty.

They do however also state that Coyle is understood to relish the challenge of returning to the club he played for in the mid-Nineties

-The ‘Daily Telegraph’ state that Bolton chairman Phil Gartside is still confident he has got his man. They go on to say that Bolton may represent a more stable base where Coyle can begin to fulfil his ambitions.

There is also a hint that the Clarets are already looking for a suitable replacement and they mention the current Swansea City manager, Paulo Sousa as one of the front-runners to replace Coyle should he leave.

-On the subject of suitable replacements for Coyle should he move to Bolton, the Daily Mail believes Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan is on the shortlist of candidates.They go on to say that Phelan is expected to go head-to-head with Sir Alex`s son Darren Ferguson and Peter Reid currently second in command at Stoke.

-Now for the big one from Coyle’s chum Alan Nixon, who in the Mirror today is being totally derogatory towards the Clarets trying to make out we are the villains of the peace for trying to delay the inevitable in order to keep our best asset at Turf Moor or get proper compensation. It is clear Nixon thinks Coyle will be going to Bolton. Here are some of his dispicable comments from his article:

‘Owen Coyle is ready to quit as Burnley boss – and become Bolton’s new boss today – as a bitter row between the local rivals intensifies’

‘Bolton will offer around £1 million for Coyle, the sum in his deal, while Burnley are hinting at looking for £3.6 million. Either way he will be with Bolton in the next 24 hours’

‘The wrangle over the ‘transfer fee’ has put a dark cloud over the negotiations – along with a bizarre dispute about whether Coyle was allowed to speak to Bolton supremo Phil Gartside in the first place’

‘Ambitious Coyle was totally convinced by Gartside that Bolton have more to offer in terms of a budget for the future – and that has been the key point behind the switch.’