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Owen Coyle appointed Bolton manager

Owen Coyle
Coyle played for Bolton between 1993 and 1995

Bolton have completed the appointment of Owen Coyle as manager on a two-and-a-half year deal after agreeing compensation with Burnley.

The former Wanderers striker, who played for Bolton between 1993 and 1995, had been on the verge of succeeding Gary Megson all week.

Saturday's game at Sunderland is off, so his first match in charge will be against Arsenal a week on Sunday.

Coyle said he wants to "bring back the good times" to Bolton.

Speaking to the club's website he added: "I'm absolutely delighted to be back at Bolton Wanderers."

Bolton chairman Phil Gartside said: "Owen was our number one target and we are naturally delighted that he has returned to the football club as manager.


"He was an inspirational player who leads by example and a great motivator and, on behalf of everyone at Bolton Wanderers, I would like to say welcome home."

Last year Coyle led Burnley back to the top flight for the first time in 33 years.

In a statement on the club's website Burnley said: "The officials of Burnley Football Club would like to place on record their thanks to Owen for his services to the club and contribution to our success."

Coyle had signed a 12-month extension to his three-year Burnley contract in the summer and he will not have long to wait before renewing acquaintances - his third game in charge sees Bolton host Burnley, on Tuesday 26 January.

Former Bolton boss Gary Megson was sacked on 30 December with Bolton 18th, two places off the bottom of the Premier League.

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see also
Burnley hand Davis caretaker role
06 Jan 10 |  Burnley
Coyle assistant rejects rumours
02 Jan 10 |  Bolton
Fan power sends Megson packing
30 Dec 09 |  Bolton
Lowly Bolton sack manager Megson
30 Dec 09 |  Bolton
Coyle pens four-year Burnley deal
18 Jun 09 |  Burnley

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