Coyle Outlines Plans For Next Season

  • May 21, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Owen Coyle believes everything is in place for Bolton, as they look to push for an immediate return to the Premier League.

Wanderers' 11-year stay in the top flight came to an end last weekend after they drew 2-2 at Stoke City, meaning they will be playing Championship football for the first time since 2001.

No fewer than 15 players have left the Reebok Stadium over the course of the last week, but Coyle is confident about the club's chances of promotion next season, insisting that the quality still available to him is more than good enough to mount a promotion challenge.

"My great disappointment and hurt is for our fans, who have been absolutely terrific this season, and for everybody who works so hard behind the scenes at our football club," Coyle told the club's official website. "We have been lucky to have had tremendous backing and I appreciate that.

"Believe me, there is no doubt that we are hurting too and are hugely disappointed. It's not a good feeling and as the manager I have the ultimate responsibility and I accept that.

"I also know how hard everybody is working to make this club better and stronger, and I believe my objective is to make sure that it is run well for years to come.

"What we are trying to do is put a plan in place. This season was always going to be a season of transition. What made it more difficult were the quite unprecedented circumstances that we found ourselves in, on-and-off the pitch.

"We have had to be progressive and aggressive with our young players to push them on, and they have done that. And even with the ones we have signed, they will get better.

"The likes of Marvin Sordell, David Ngog, Marcos Alonso and Gregg Wylde are exciting. Chris Eagles is relatively young and Mark Davies has progressed to become more than a bit-part player.

"Our fans are educated, they know their football and I'm pretty sure they can see what we are doing.

"We couldn't continue to play 'patch-up' every year and ask for another £10million one year and then another £10million the next.

"The difficulty we had, to change the squad year-by-year, was that all those players were under long-term contracts and on a high salary.

"Because of that, we had 11 players coming to the end of their contract this summer so this year was, as I said, all about making the transition and bringing on our own young players.

"Obviously we wanted that to be on the platform of the club playing in the Barclays Premier League, but all we can do now is pick ourselves up and go again with the core of a young team.

"Within that though we have to find a balance and that is why we signed Kevin Davies and Sam Ricketts on new contracts.

"We certainly want to add to our numbers and I will sit with Eddie (Davies) and Phil (Gartside) to discuss who we would like to bring in this summer.

"If you look at the infrastructure at the moment, we have two tremendous young goalkeepers in Rob Lainton and Jay Lynch behind Adam Bogdan who has done so well. I would love Jussi Jaaskelainen to stay and if he does there is then a real battle for the slot.

"In the full-back areas there is Tyrone Mears and Joe Riley who can play on the right, while Sam Ricketts and Marcos Alonso can play on the left.

"At centre-back there is Tim Ream and, obviously, with the injury to David Wheater we need to strengthen that area with a couple of bodies.

"In the midfield there is Mark Davies and Darren Pratley, plus we are hoping Stuart Holden will be back for the start of next season. We also have young Josh Vela, but we will be looking to add another one to that area.

"In the wide positions there is Chris Eagles, Chung-Yong Lee, Gregg Wylde and Martin Petrov, and from a striking point of view there's Kevin Davies, David Ngog and Marvin Sordell.

"The infrastructure and platform is there for that to be a very progressive, young team moving forward and that is what we will look to do."

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13 Bolton Wanderers 20 26
14 Accrington Stanley 19 24
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