Bolton hope to complete move for Coyle today

Wanderers want new manager confirmed in time for Arsenal match after Scot meets with Burnley to discuss his departure terms

Owen Coyle's first game in charge as the new manager of Bolton Wanderers could come as early as tomorrow in the Premier League fixture at Arsenal. The 43-year-old Scot was granted permission by Burnley over the weekend to talk to Bolton's chairman, Phil Gartside, and Gartside immediately travelled to Glasgow – where Coyle was visiting family – for negotiations.

Burnley subsequently issued a statement yesterday admitting those talks had already taken place but without giving details. Coyle went back to Burnley last night to see the Burnley chairman, Barry Kilby, to discuss the terms of his departure.

It is understood Burnley will seek up to £3m from Bolton in compensation for their manager. A clause stipulating that figure was reportedly inserted into Coyle's Burnley contract when he signed a 12-month extension to his pre-existing three-year deal in the summer. Inevitable wrangling is expected over the size and timing of the pay-off but is not expected to delay Coyle's move across Lancashire.

A second Burnley statement, issued last night, said Burnley officials have held "detailed talks" with Coyle yesterday evening. "As a result of these talks over Coyle's future with his current employers, both parties have decided to take a further 24 hours to digest the information shared before making any further announcement. There will be no further comment during this time from Burnley FC or Owen Coyle."

Coyle is understood to have been been attracted to the Bolton vacancy as soon as it arose because of Gary Megson's sacking last week. Coyle is thought to earn around £750,000 per year at Burnley and could potentially treble that at the Reebok Stadium if he meets bonus targets such as keeping the club in the Premier League.

Bolton are 18th in the table on 18 points from 18 games. Burnley are 14th with 20 points from 20 games.

Money is not Coyle's sole motivation – far from it – but it is a factor in his decision-making, as is the prospect of a decent run as a Premier League manager. When Celtic offered him the chance to succeed Gordon Strachan in the summer, he turned them down to stay at Burnley because the rewards and the kudos at a Premier League club – any Premier League club – were perceived as higher.

Gartside has considered Coyle as a manager before: he shortlisted Coyle before Megson got the job, and then recommended him to Burnley, where he moved from St Johnstone, then in the Scottish First Division, in November 2007.

Coyle spent the majority of his 22-year playing career in Scotland with the only English club being Bolton, between 1993 and 1995. His management career started in earnest at Perth-based Saints in 2005, and included reaching the semi-finals of both cups in 2006, and pushing millionaire-backed Gretna in the race for promotion to the SPL in 2007.

Prior to Saints, Coyle had done some coaching at Airdrie, Dundee United and Falkirk, at the latter alongside John "Yogi" Hughes, who is now at Hibernian and could prove an ideal replacement as Burnley's next up-and-coming Scottish manager. In Coyle's first full season at Burnley, 2008-09, he led them back to England's top division for the first time in 33 years.

He has earned a reputation as a man who can work well on a tight budget, but has simultaneously and repeatedly made references to nearby clubs – notably Bolton, Blackburn and Wigan – having three times the resources he has had at Burnley.

Before Burnley hosted Bolton on Boxing Day, Coyle said: "Bolton are a fantastic club with great supporters... I had a lot of fantastic times at Bolton and loved every minute. The team I played in was an exciting one which gained promotion to the Premier League and had tremendous cup runs. They were great times, really happy days, but my focus is on Burnley."

That could soon be "was on Burnley".

News
peoplePair enliven the Emirates bore-draw
Arts and Entertainment
tvPoldark episode 8, review
News
Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband (R) and Boris Johnson, mayor of London, talk on the Andrew Marr show in London April 26
General electionAndrew Marr forced to intervene as Boris and Miliband clash on TV
News
news
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Praise to Wenger for having the courage of his convictions