Burnley skipper expects Coyle exit

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Burnley captain Steven Caldwell is resigned to the fact that Owen Coyle will leave Turf Moor and become Bolton's new manager.

Lawyers from both clubs are currently working on a compensation deal for the former St Johnstone boss. That is the only stumbling block as Coyle has already expressed a wish to move on and Bolton hope to have him in place against Sunderland on Saturday.

Caldwell told "Owen has been fantastic for most people at the club and lifted us to the level (Premier League) where we wanted to play.

"That's testimony to the man and the manager. But to all intents and purposes he's gone. There is no person bigger than the club and we will move on with the players we have here and whoever the new manager is."

He added: "We want to keep the momentum going and make sure we finish the job we've started this season. That is maintaining our Premier League status.

"Hopefully the new manager will take us on to a new level, which is as an established Premier League club - something which would be a fantastic achievement."

Caldwell is currently sidelined with a groin injury but is planning to take in the crucial home game against Stoke on Saturday.

Coach Steve Davis could be in charge for that match if Coyle completes his move.

"It's an extremely frustrating time for me to be out injured," said Caldwell

"But I will still be doing my best to help the lads in any way possible. Whoever is in charge, if they want me to help I will be around to do whatever I can."

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