Updated: 10/10/2012 06:42 | By pa.press.net

Bolton sack Coyle

Owen Coyle's Bolton have struggled in the npower Championship after being relegated last year

Owen Coyle's Bolton have struggled in the npower Championship after being relegated last year

Bolton have sacked Owen Coyle after the club's poor start to the season.

The Trotters, relegated from the Barclays Premier League last term, currently lie 18th in the npower Championship after claiming only three wins in their first 10 matches.

Chairman Phil Gartside said in a statement on the club's official website: "Owen poured his heart and soul into the job, both on and off the pitch, and he led our club with great dignity during some very challenging times."

Gartside added: "It is the right time for a change. We set a target at the beginning of the season and want to get back on track. I would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Owen, Sandy Stewart and Steve Davis for all their hard work during their time at Bolton Wanderers."

Coyle left Burnley in January 2010 to take up the hotseat at the Reebok Stadium on a two-and-a-half-year deal after Gary Megson was relieved of his duties. He led the club to safety from 18th position, but failed to keep his side in the top flight last campaign.

Coyle, who played for Bolton between 1993-95, said: "I have always been driven to act in the best interests of the club and care passionately about it.

"I had fantastic times here as a player and it has been a privilege to have held the post of manager.

"I want to thank the fans for their backing since I returned, the chairman Phil Gartside and the owner Eddie Davies for their support and friendship and the club's staff and players for all their effort and commitment.

"I wish everyone connected with Bolton Wanderers all the very best."

Academy manager Jimmy Phillips and head of academy coaching and development Sammy Lee will take temporary charge of the first-team squad, with their first assignment on October 20 at home against Bristol City.

09/10/2012 12:38
One of the games remaining Gentlemen. All the best, you wont be looking too long for work.
This is a great surprise because in my opinion Owen Coyle is a first class manager. I am sure Coyle, will go to another club and be successful.
09/10/2012 11:56

Alardyce to Bolton, Coyle to Blackburn and Arry to Wesy Ham. So the merry-go-round goes on.

09/10/2012 12:26
good luck to owen coyle for the future sometimes things just do'nt go your way and its time to move on,he is a gentleman and gave his all for bolton as he has done throughout his career in his playing days,im sure he will be snapped up soon by another club who knows his capabilities.
09/10/2012 16:01
Should never have lefted Burnley, they were above Bolton when he went...
09/10/2012 17:20
All you Bolton fans need to be careful what you wish for.You wanted him sacked and now you got Sammy Lee back.It took Big Sam 10 years to build Bolton into a top 10 club and Sammy Lee 10 games to destroy it all.I hope your all happy.
09/10/2012 11:46
he,ll be back. just didnt get any luck.
09/10/2012 13:04
He stuck with Bolton when they went down and sure there were jobs on offer at other clubs. A good man and wish him well for the future. Totally right about sammy lee. He is a nutcase
09/10/2012 12:59
I'm not surprised Bolton are not doing well, they have Sammy Lee as development coach.  Sammy Lee was one of the major causes of the demise at Liverpool and I was delighted when he left.  Before you all start, I'm a Liverpool supporter and have been for 50 years.  The best thing Bolton can do, before anything else, is get rid of Mr Lee.
09/10/2012 20:02
Coyle was a hero when he took Burnley into the premiership but he went to zero after leaving them halfway through the season when Burnley were above Bolton. I will always maintain Burnley would have survived if hed finished the job he started. Those who say but Bolton had more potential - just look at where they are now! There'll be no tears shed at Turf Moor!
09/10/2012 13:11
Always thought he was a decent manager, but he did not do himself any favours when he left Burnley in the lurch midseason. He also took away Steve Davies which was unforgivable Steve should have been given the managers job until the end of the season to see how he performed.  We were destined for relegation so it would not have caused much difference.  In Burnley there will be great celebrations the pub landlords will be rubbing their hands,that should keep the bailiffs away till the end of the season.
He has served the club with dignity and pride, stats show that after a certain period of games without the added results will lead to the demise of any manager, he will be back and hopefully sooner rather than later
09/10/2012 12:41
I thought Owen was Bolton through & through, but too many factors contributed to his demise... poor results & sitting 18th in the Championship doesn't help any manager, debts had also risen to around £100m & the Chairman said he would cut the wage bill by half after relegation which mean't a lot of players were released & the unfortunate health scare of Muamba & retirement did not help.
09/10/2012 17:43

I know nothing of Football management, but wish to put my name forward for this vacancy. Just like most of the jobs in the area (which is not very many) this is a job that will attract many. Obviously MSN has the monopoly on experts and I can call on them for help and advice at any time. Then when my contract is terminated I can sit back and enjoy the "Golden Handshake" reward for failure.


Bring it on

09/10/2012 17:53
Even the "special one" couldn't turn Bolton into a top 4 premiership club, no money. Little town teams are always going to struggle. Lets face it how many big cities i.e. Nottingham, Derby, Leeds. Sheffield cant make it, what chance have Bolton? I am afraid football at present sold out to the money men so this is bound to happen.
harry redknapp will never go to bolton, simply because they don't have the cash to splash
and its not in his dogs best interest's if there's no money to handle  
I hoped for a little loyalty on the board's part here, after all that happened with Fabrice Muamba, and how he was always there. It disgusts me... yes, I know this is a "results based" job, but seriously, he stuck by Bolton through it all,

Though he did abandon Burnley when he took them to the top flight, that is irrelevant

Best wishes to you Owen.

A neutral bristol city fan.
09/10/2012 17:10

I admired owen as a player and as a manager, but, unfortunately if the players at his disposal do not perform to their capabilities then the enevitable will happen, I wish him all the very best in the future, time will tell if his successor is able to turn our fortunes around, I personally beleive that money now governs football and we as a club have not got the resorces of others. I hope we can turn our results around and give our supporters some happy times before the season ends. Come on you superwhites,we all want you to succeed.



09/10/2012 18:55
hey steve kean is available everyone was saying what a good manager he was whilst at blackburn lol  give him a chance
09/10/2012 16:41
Cant say am surprised.3 wins in 10 says it all. amazing to think that Coyle was once held up by the media as a possible successor to Wenger at Arsenal.Goes to show how much the media knows.He is a descent manager but underestimated the demands of the championship as can be seen by his choice of squad.Nice man though with something to offer and I wish him all the best.He will be back
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