Tonight’s rumours of a return for Owen Coyle have been shot down by Burnley FC.
Coyle was immediately installed as the favourite once Eddie Howe’s departure to Bournemouth was confirmed, with the ex-Claret boss unemployed after his recent sacking by Bolton Wanderers.
Although there is still plenty of bad feeling towards Coyle as a result of the way he left Turf Moor in January 2010, opinion is split among fans over whether or not they would want him back.
Earlier today, Oliver Norris outlined some of the pros and cons of bringing Coyle back to Turf Moor, but chief executive Lee Hoos has already moved to quell the growing rumours.
Speaking to Radio Lancashire this evening, he said: “I just couldn’t see how that one could happen.
“Obviously I wasn’t there when the whole Owen Coyle saga happened but I got enough feedback to know I just couldn’t see a way back for that one.
“Being free and available is not necessarily the hallmark of what going for, it has to be the right person – the right man for right job at the right time.”
It does seem strange for our chief executive to be speaking so frankly about a potential candidate this early in the process, but he stopped short of outright ruling out a Turf Moor return for the Scot.
Coyle would probably have to make the first move if there was to be any chance of a comeback for the man we called God, then Judas, who went on to dub himself Moses.
Could he still be the Prodigal Son? Perhaps, but after Hoos’ comments it looks less likely than a couple of hours ago.