Coyle delighted to be back at Bolton

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Bolton have finally confirmed the appointment of Owen Coyle as their new manager.

The former Wanderers striker has been on the verge of succeeding Gary Megson all week and was officially announced as the club's new manager on Friday evening.

Coyle will take immediate charge of the team, although with this weekend's clash against Sunderland postponed, his first match will be the Barclays Premier League clash with Arsenal a week on Sunday. Coyle told the club's website, "I'm absolutely delighted to be back at Bolton Wanderers."

He added: "I look forward to the opportunity of bringing the good times back to the club for everyone."

Bolton chairman Phil Gartside said: "Owen was our number one target and we are naturally delighted that he has returned to the football club as manager.

"He was an inspirational player who leads by example and a great motivator and, on behalf of everyone at Bolton Wanderers, I would like to say welcome home."

Coyle, who has reportedly signed a two-and-a-half-year contract, has a bedding-in period with Saturday's trip to Wearside off due to the ongoing bad weather.

The delay in confirming his appointment was largely due to Bolton's ongoing negotiations in thrashing out a compensation deal with Coyle's former club Burnley.

Caretaker boss Chris Evans had been preparing for Saturday's game before it was abandoned.

Earlier this week Scot Coyle made it clear to Burnley he wanted to make the move and reiterated his desire despite Burnley's reluctance to lose him.

Coyle led Burnley into the top flight for the first time in 33 years after moving from St Johnstone in November 2007, but believes Bolton is a better option.

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