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Coyle set for Bolton move

Owen Coyle could be in charge of Bolton Wanderers as early as tomorrow for their 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 was due back in 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 of the pay-off but is not expected to delay Coyle's move across Lancashire.

“We can now confirm that manager Owen Coyle has held discussions with Bolton over the vacant manager's position at the Reebok Stadium,” the Burnley statement said.

Coyle is understood to have been been attracted to the Bolton vacancy as soon as Gary Megson was sacked 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 have 20 points from 20 games.

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