Chris Hughton has come out today and paid tribute to new Bolton manager Owen Coyle for doing a fantastic job so far at the Reebok.
Bolton manager Owen Coyle – fantastic job
The 44 year-old Scot joined his former club Bolton from Burnley in January, when the Reebok club sacked their former manager Gary Megson, who seemed to have lost the dressing room.
Coyle has Bolton in 5th place in the Premier League, just one point above Newcastle, and Chris Hughton has today talked about the Bolton manager:
“Owen has done a fantastic job.” “Bolton are playing as well as any team in the country right now.”
“Owen is getting the maximum out of each and every player.” “He’s been fortunate to be able to name a consistent team throughout the season so far. And they have benefited from that.”
“Whether it’s home or away they are going into games with no fear, looking to press.” “They are a high- tempo team and they are looking to get their rewards.”
Coyle’s first management appointment was with Falkirk in January of 2003, and then he joined St Mirren in April of 2005, and then Burnley in November of 2007, and of course got them promoted to the Premier League in 2009, at the same time Newcastle were relegated.
Owen has a good record at each club, and had over 50% wins with his first two Scottish clubs, although that percentage has dropped at Burnley and Bolton.
Coyle was a striker in his playing career, and played mostly in Scotland for eight different clubs, but had a stint from 1993-1995 at Bolton Wanders, where he played over 60 games for the club with 12 goals, and he got one cap for Ireland in 1994.
He couldn’t get in the Scotland side, but due to his Irish ancestry he qualified for Ireland, and came on in the 83rd minute in that game – a friendly against Holland in Tilburg in April of 1994 – so played a full 7 minutes (plus added time) of International football.
In fact both managers tomorrow have done well recently, with Newcastle surprisingly highly placed in 8th position, and the game tomorrow promises to be a close and tough game for both sides.
We have to hope we can get all 3 points at the Reebok, which would be a fantastic result, but it will be very very difficult.