Bolton chief expects no Burnley animosity

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Bolton chairman Phil Gartside believes there will be no lasting fall-out with Burnley over his pursuit of Owen Coyle.

Coyle has been installed at the Reebok Stadium following his decision to leave the Clarets after guiding them back into the top flight after a 33-year absence.

Burnley chairman Barry Kilby was upset with Bolton and claimed they were "not the best of pals", claiming the Glasgow-born boss had taken "a sideways step".

Asked about Bolton's relationship with Burnley, Gartside said: "It is the same as it has ever been - we are competitors in this business. No doubt we will sit down and have a drink again in a couple of weeks and get on with life."

He added: "A sideways step? That is not for me to judge. I do not know what Burnley are like. I can only judge what we have here and Owen likes what he sees."

Coyle has replaced Gary Megson, who failed to win over a section of the support despite keeping the club in the top flight.

The former St Johnstone manager is keen to get the fans on board and reflected on the time when he was a Bolton player in the 1990s.

Coyle said: "The fans played such a special part in that era. Phil Brown was the captain for a couple of years and we had some terrific players.

"There was John McGinlay, Alan Thompson, Jason McAteer, Alan Stubbs and Tony Kelly to name but a few.

"The was a special rapport within the squad. We had a fantastic team spirit, which was evident and the fans could see that.

"That is something I am looking to foster, like we did at Burnley. I want to make sure that the fans know when the players wear that shirt they wear it with pride and give everything in terms of trying to win a match."

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