Date: 10th January 2010 at 9:32am
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Brendan Flood was recently on record assuring Clarets fans that our disgraced former manager, Owen Coyle would not be allowed to raid our players and take them to Bolton in the January transfer window. The suggestion was this would form part of the compensation agreement and would block any attempts by Coyle to come in for his personal favourites.

What Clarets fans of course don’t know is how strongly some of the players would feel about staying at Turf Moor when there was a possibility of moving to Bolton to work under our former manager. There must surely now follow a test of loyalty for some of our players, even if that comes in the summer when no doubt Cloyle will come a poaching again. We shall have to hope by then Bolton are relegated and we have survived. Our players surely won’t then be tempted to move to a Championship club!

I hope also that the players take heed of Graham Alexander who said recently after Coyle made the sideways move to Bolton:

‘We played under him but we have not played for him. We play for Burnley and that’s what we’ve got to take on.’

I guess it is inevitable that the press will still continue to speculate and the News of the World today suggest Coyle wants to take both Tyrone Mears and Chris Eagles to the Reebok.

They even go as far as suggesting that talks involving a part swap for Bolton’s right-back Joey O’Brien are already underway.

In another article in the same paper, Coyle also seems hellbent on scuppering our plans of bringing in Arsenal midfielder, Jack Wilshere and wants instead for him to go to Bolton.Coyle whilst at Burnley had an agreement with Arsenal chief Arsene Wenger to take the midfielder to Turf Moor for the rest of the season. Everton also are believed to be interested along with West Ham.

In a further attempt to rub our noses in it, there are also reports that Coyle will try and bring David Nugent to the Reebok as well.

Is there any way of stopping this monster and getting him off our backs forever? The answer of course is no in a very unfair world that is football. I just hope Flood’s words were true and we can at least stop this miserable sneak from raiding our larder in the current January window.