Coyle Accepts Bolton's Decision

  • October 09, 2012 | By Chris Mann
  • URL Short URL:

Owen Coyle has admitted he can have no complaints over Bolton's decision to relieve him of his duties as Wanderers manager.

Coyle was sacked on Tuesday morning, following a run of just three victories in 11 games this season. The former Burnley manager failed to prevent the club from dropping out of the Premier League last season and has paid the price for a poor start to the new campaign.

Speaking about the club's decision to call time on his tenure, Coyle admits he is disappointed to be leaving the club, but understands that the correct call had to be made.

"Of course it is disappointing, it is probably an understatement to say that, but we understand how football works, we have been in it long enough," Coyle told Sky Sports.

"We certainly know the highs, we certainly know the lows and no doubt it is a hugely disappointing day for everybody.

"We worked very hard I've got to say, for long, long hours at the football club to put a plan in place that well serve the club well for years to come - and it will.

"I've got to say whoever comes in is going to be a very, very lucky person to come into a wonderful football club with a structure in place that is going to benefit the club in years to come.

"Everything in terms of performances have been of a high standard. We accept we have not won as many games as we wanted to do and we understand how football works, truly, but what I do know is it's truly a wonderful football club for anybody to come into, it's going to be a marvellous job and I have no doubts the club will go from strength to strength.

"The biggest single thing is anybody that knows us knows how passionate we are about football, how passionate we are about Bolton Wanderers and ultimately, obviously, that has been taken away from us today.

"The club, to be fair, when the decision was going to be made, they had the grace to say we could dress this up however we wanted. Whether saying that I was leaving or by mutual consent, but you know me - I've always called it straight.

"The bottom line is they decided there was going to be a change so let's tell it as it is and that's what happened.

"I wish them nothing but the best. Phil Gartside, being my chairman, is somebody I hold very dear and that will never change.

"Eddie Davies, the owner, I had a fantastic relationship with. Whether because we lost on Saturday prompted the decision I never really got to the bottom of that.

"The bottom line was that was a decision they decided was going to be made and it's been made and we have all got to move on and my thoughts will always be looking for Bolton Wanderers' results - making sure they are getting wins to move them up to where they want to be.

"It is a new chapter opening, as one door closes another one opens.

"I was ready as my staff were to continue fighting and scrapping for everything we were building at Bolton Wanderers and it has been decided that's not the case.

"So we wish them well, we go as we always do with our heads held high and move on."

Football betting site Betway

Sky Bet League One Standings

Pos Team Pld Pts
7 Accrington Stanley 9 13
8 AFC Wimbledon 9 12
9 Bolton Wanderers 9 12
10 Portsmouth 9 12
11 Sheffield Wednesday 8 12
View Full Standings >>


Who is Bolton's 2020/21 Player of the Year?
56.86% Ricardo Santos
17.79% Matt Gilks
10.64% Alex Baptiste
9.94% Eoin Doyle
2.52% Antoni Sarcevic
1.54% Gethin Jones
0.42% Nathan Delfouneso
0.28% Ryan Delaney