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Coyle ready for Clarets challenge

Burnley manager Owen Coyle
Coyle took over as Burnley manager in November 2007

Burnley manager Owen Coyle is looking forward to taking on the best teams in the Premier League after distancing himself from the vacant post at Celtic.

Coyle's side were promoted to the top flight after beating Sheffield United 1-0 in the play-off final at Wembley.

He said: "It's flattering to be linked to Celtic but I'm with Burnley."

Clarets chairman Barry Kilby added: "Owen is contracted to us. He's another two years to run and we're going to talk about an extension to that."

Coyle, who spent the majority of his playing career in Scotland, was linked to the vacant managerial post at Parkhead following Gordon Strachan's resignation on Monday.

But the 42-year-old pledged to stay at Burnley, who were one of the 12 original founders of the Football League in 1888, after guiding them into the top flight for the first time in 33 years.

"The Premier League is full of the best players and some of the top managers in the world, so I'll concentrate on my job here and long may that continue," he said.

A first-half wonder strike from Wade Elliott settled the Championship play-off final on Monday in front of 80,518 supporters at Wembley.

Burnley expect Coyle to stay as boss

And next season marks the 50th anniversary of the club's second, and last, League championship triumph in 1959/60 - their first came in 1920-21.

"The players were magnificent - it was a great game, end to end," enthused Coyle, who arrived at Burnley in 2007.

"There's a great adventure to look forward to. We don't have quantity but I believe we have quality.

"I'm immensely proud and delighted for everyone in the town - but my heart goes out to Sheffield United."

And Coyle, who built his current squad for £2.5m, knows the scale of the achievement to take a club from a town of Burnley's size into the Premier League.

"We had 36,000 supporters at Wembley, which is about half our population," he added.

"That means when Manchester United play at home there are more people at Old Trafford than there are in the whole town of Burnley."


And around 7,000 Burnley fans will be watching Premier League football for free after Kilby pledged not to charge certain season-ticket holders to renew if they won at Wembley.

That promise will cost the club £2m in lost revenue but Kilby does not mind.

"I've no regrets on that," he said. "It's a reward for all our fans and actually, because of the new monies in the Premier League, it's not that big a percentage of our net revenues."

The Clarets' arrival in the Premier League takes the number of clubs from the north-west of England in the division to eight with Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Everton, Blackburn, Bolton and Wigan already there.

And chief executive Paul Fletcher told BBC Sport: "What we're more interested in at the moment is are we going to beat Blackburn, Bolton and the other local clubs?

"We haven't discussed the financial effect and what we're going to do with the money.

'A magical moment for Burnley'

"Normally we have to sell one player a year to survive and if we don't the directors have to put their hand in pocket, so the £60m will help stabilise the club and mean we don't have to do that."

Elliott, who curled the ball in from 25 yards after only 13 minutes, said: "It's far and away the best goal I'll ever score, probably.

"It fell nicely, I couldn't really strike it because it was turning a bit and it seemed to take a long time to go in."

And he conceded: "I think it will take a little while for it to sink in - but I'm delighted for all the lads."

Burnley's Robbie Blake, 33, promoted with Bradford in 1999, paid tribute to his manager: "To get where we are is a fantastic achievement, probably the best in my career.

"Owen Coyle deserves tremendous credit, he is so enthusiastic, he believes in us so much as individuals and as a team.

"We've played 61 games, had a cup run and now we've gone up at Wembley - it can't get any better.

"We had a couple of chances to finish it off - it would have been good to get a second goal but one was enough. We thoroughly deserve the victory.

"We had belief all week long we'd do it. We had confidence in our ability and we had the players to score goals at any moment - we've had it all season and come up with the goods again today."

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