England — 09 October 2012

English Championship club Bolton Wanderers have sacked boss Owen Coyle after the clubs poor start to their Championship campaign.

Wanderers were relegated from the Premier League under Coyle last season, but the Trotters board backed the Scot to get club back up.


Wanderers have started their campaign in Championship with just three wins from 10 games in the English second tier. The Trotters are 18th in the Championship table and struggling to get to grips with life outside the Premier League.

Coyle paid the price for their poor start by losing his job after 34 months in charge at the Reebok Stadium. I’m sure this news will be met with great delight at Bolton’s rivals Burnley, the club Coyle previous managed.


This summer saw a mass exodus of players from the club after they were relegated. Bolton didn’t have the best of squads without key players leaving as well. The one key exit that would probably hurt Trotters fans most was that of club legend Jussi Jaaskelainen.

There were question marks over the veteran keeper’s fitness and form last season, but the Finn has performed superbly for West Ham this season in the top flight, after his free transfer to the East End. He wasn’t the only player to leave the Reebok Stadium, but he was one of the most important exits.


The Trotters are now looking for a replacement for Coyle and former-Wolves boss Mick McCarthy is the early favourite to take the reins at Wanderers. Peter Reid and Graeme Souness are also names being mentioned as possible replacements for Coyle, but former-Sunderland and Ipswich boss Roy Keane is currently reckoned to be second favourite for the job.

However, the fans favourite for the job seems to be Swindon Town boss Paulo Di Canio. It remains to be seen who will take the job, but whoever it is will have a hard job on their hands trying to resurrect the fortunes of Bolton Wanderers.

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