The back four – Issue 2 (September 2010)
Owen Coyle jumped into the Bolton Wanderers hot seat in January of this year having performed heroics in taking Burnley up to the Barclays Premier League for the first time.
Promoted via the playoffs, and having made it to the semi-final of the Carling Cup in the same season, Coyle’s purist footballing traditions sat comfortably with the Lancashire club’s passionate following, and he made short shrift of budget limitations which meant he called upon just 23 players in the club’s marathon 61-game promotion season.
Having negotiated wins over Fulham, Chelsea and Arsenal in the aforementioned Carling Cup run, plus Manchester United and Everton in the early months of Burnley’s Barclays Premier League debut, the former Bolton and Republic of Ireland striker’s managerial pedigree continued to rise. His switch to the Reebok Stadium saw him return to the club he had gained promotion with as a player back in 1995.
He also turned out for Dumbarton, Clydebank, and Airdrieonians (later Airdrie), amongst others, amassing 249 goals in 669 appearances.
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