Clarets look set for manager search

Last updated : 04 January 2010 By Tony Scholes
I was in the club shop at Turf Moor when the yellow bar suddenly appeared on Sky Sports News, showing on the TV behind the counter, confirming that Gary Megson had lost his job at Bolton. I thought nothing of it at the time but that news was, it seems, spelling the end of Owen Coyle's time at Burnley.

His missing of the press conference on Saturday after the cup win, no matter what reason was given, looked significant to me. This morning his close aide Nixon has said that Brendan Flood gave Bolton permission to speak to Coyle, that he's met with Gartside yesterday, and that our manager wants the opportunity to work with a decent budget in the Premier League. Again significantly, Coyle has constantly spoken recently about his budget at Turf Moor.

Nixon says Coyle is hugely ambitious and sees Bolton as the next step whilst also suggesting that the backroom staff will be joining him but that could be later this week. I would assume that would be Sandy Stewart and John Henry, the two Coyle has brought in during his time at Turf Moor.

I would suspect Burnley Football Club, who Nixon says are stunned by Coyle's decision, will have to issue some sort of statement today.