Bolton Wanderers sack Owen Coyle and start search for new manager
Mick McCarthy is the bookmaker favourite to become the next manager of Bolton Wanderers after the Lancashire club parted company with Owen Coyle on Tuesday morning.
October 9th, 2012
Coyle joined Bolton Wanderers as manager in January 2010, with the Scot steering them away from the Premier League relegation zone to a respectable 13th place.
However, last season was problematic and resulted in the Trotters being relegated to the Championship, with the team unable to produce the fast start demanded by the board which leaves them well behind pace-setters Cardiff City.
Chairman Phil Gartside clearly found sacking Coyle to be a difficult decision after putting his faith in the 46-year-old to help Wanderers straight back into the Premier League.
Chairman Phil Gartside said in a statement on the club’s official website: “Owen poured his heart and soul into the job, both on and off the pitch, and he led our club with great dignity during some very challenging times.”
Gartside added: “It is the right time for a change. We set a target at the beginning of the season and want to get back on track.
“I would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Owen, Sandy Stewart and Steve Davis for all their hard work during their time at Bolton Wanderers.”
Coyle, who played for Bolton between 1993-95, said: “I have always been driven to act in the best interests of the club and care passionately about it.
“I had fantastic times here as a player and it has been a privilege to have held the post of manager.
“I want to thank the fans for their backing since I returned, the chairman Phil Gartside and the owner Eddie Davies for their support and friendship and the club’s staff and players for all their effort and commitment.
“I wish everyone connected with Bolton Wanderers all the very best.”
It was a gracious end to Coyle’s managerial career and it might now be McCarthy who is handed the reins, with the manager having steered Sunderland and Wolves to the Premier League before.