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Kevin Davies impressed by Owen Coyle arrival at Bolton

By Alistair Magowan

Kevin Davies
Davies is hoping to be fit for the double header against Arsenal

Bolton captain Kevin Davies says new manager Owen Coyle has lifted the mood at the club since his appointment as a replacement for Gary Megson.

Coyle surprised many by moving from local rivals Burnley to Bolton, who are below the Clarets in the league table.

But Davies says he has been impressed with Coyle's energy and enthusiasm.

"It was tough towards the end of Gary Megson's reign but Owen seems pretty good. I only met him on Wednesday but he loves it," he told BBC Sport.

"I had a meeting with him on Wednesday morning and we had a good chat about things. I'm quite impressed with him so far."

Davies, 32, has been recovering from illness this week but hopes to be fit for Coyle's first test as manager when, starting on Saturday, Bolton face Arsenal twice in three days after their previous encounter was postponed because of bad weather.


The striker said he believed he would remain as captain and liked the fact that Coyle had rang him several times to ask about his health. Team-mates were similarly positive about the former Burnley manager's methods.

"I spoke to a couple of the players, because I've been off ill, and they said training has been really good, just energetic and full of enthusiasm," said Davies.

"Everyone is just fighting for their places again now so that makes everything a better standard too.

"We have to be confident now about the season ahead. We've got a tough month in January but I think we'll be all right."

Coyle took Burnley up to the Premier League via the play-offs and turned down the chance to manage Celtic after Gordon Strachan left the Scottish giants.

But the former Republic of Ireland international and Bolton player decided to take up Bolton's offer, citing the potential and superior financial resources on offer at the Reebok Stadium.

Bolton are 18th in the Premier League table and after the double-header against the Gunners, host Sheffield United in the FA Cup before Coyle comes up against his former club, Burnley, on 26 January.

The Trotters then travel to play Liverpool in the league four days later.

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see also
Coyle 'emotional' at Burnley exit
11 Jan 10 |  Bolton
Coyle takes over as Bolton boss
08 Jan 10 |  Bolton
Lowly Bolton sack manager Megson
30 Dec 09 |  Bolton

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