Owen Coyle has today been sacked as the Bolton Wanderers manager two-and-a-half years since his acrimonious departure from the Turf. Andrew Frost asks the hypothetical question – would you ever have him back?
It’s a funny old game football, isn’t it? Only a couple of years ago Coyle was touted by many as a future star of the game. Today, he finds himself out of a job after becoming the latest casualty to fall at the hands of the unforgiving Championship.
How quickly things can change.
The way the Scot left us in 2010 still leaves a bitter taste in most fans’ mouths – myself included. The man had earned himself a place in Clarets folklore after leading us to the promised land and his stock within the national media couldn’t have been higher.
Admiring glances from the bigger clubs was inevitable, but a move down the M61 to Bolton was not the one many anticipated Coyle would accept.
For a man who was seemingly destined for bigger things, a move to the Trotters was viewed as a sideways step. Many believed he was taking on a similar – if not arguably bigger – challenge of preserving the club’s Premier League status than the one he faced with Burnley.
The lack of loyalty shown by Coyle infuriated Clarets fans who swore never to forgive someone they now branded as ‘Judas’.
In the wake of his departure, NoNayNever asked you whether – if the situation ever arose – you would ever have him back at Turf Moor for a second spell as manager.
The results obtained from Twitter and Facebook were overwhelming in agreement that for now at least, he would not be welcomed back. Here’s a selection:
@lhodgson1988: simple answer and very easy to answer- no
@chrisellisuk: Had the chance to be a legend with us, on course to keep us up, could have had a legacy.. Karma
@cstanworth86: No. His success was based on positivity & a ‘feel good factor’, not tactical nous. After what happened, that wouldn’t return
However, despite the hostility towards a return for our former manager, there still remains a minority of Clarets fans who would be able to forgive.
@eccles76: in a heartbeat, best years we’ve ever had were with him.
@itsBenCostello: I’ll be able to forgive Coyle, I just won’t forget what he did
Obviously all this debate is based on a hypothetical situation arising, as at the moment we have a manager who is under contract.
The results though, just emphasise how much Owen Coyle’s once glowing reputation in East Lancashire has diminished and a return to Turf Moor in the future would be highly unlikely given his unpopular status with the fans.
Looking back now, Owen Coyle may well come to rue his move down the motorway but let’s not forget, he did get Bolton to an FA Cup semi-final – so his CV is still rather impressive. Overall though, his reign with the club didn’t pan out as he hoped and he will now be hoping an opportunity will arise quickly in order to rebuild his reputation.
Once a stable Premier League manager with ourselves, he has now been sacked from the Championship.
It just proves Owen, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
Would you have him back? Let us know your thoughts, comment below.