Coyle: I am Burnley manager

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Burnley manager Owen Coyle has denied reports that he is on the verge of joining Celtic as replacement for Gordon Strachan.

Coyle guided the Clarets to the Barclays Premier League with a 1-0 Coca-Cola Championship play-off final victory over Sheffield United at Wembley on Monday, the day Strachan stepped down, and has been linked with a switch to his boyhood side.

However he told the club's official website: "There has been no approach to Burnley Football Club. It is people simply putting two and two together and making five."

Coyle added: "I am going on holiday with my family this weekend and I can assure you I will be doing so as Burnley manager."

Burnley had earlier confirmed there had been no approach for the former St Johnstone manager who had been instantly installed as one of the favourites to succeed Strachan.

Coyle on Wednesday held talks with the Burnley board over an improved contract in a meeting arranged before the Celtic vacancy arose.

"Contrary to widespread speculation, Burnley Football Club has not received any official approach from Celtic for the services of manager Owen Coyle," a club statement read.

"Nor will the club welcome any approaches for Coyle, who remains under contract at Turf Moor."

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