Coyle tips Clarets for promotion

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Bolton boss Owen Coyle expects to follow up his return to Turf Moor on Tuesday with another trip to the stadium next season - to take on Burnley in the Barclays Premier League.

Coyle got the Clarets promoted to the top flight in 2009 but they were relegated after he left the club in January to take over at Wanderers.

"In football, I think we recognise whether it's as players, coaches or managers that you always eventually go back to your former clubs," Coyle said. "The cup this year has given me the opportunity to do that, but I fully expected, if we hadn't drawn Burnley in the cup, that we would meet them next year in the Premier League. I believe they are fully equipped to come back into the Premier League with the squad they have and Brian (Laws) in charge."

Coyle received a hot reception from the travelling fans when Burnley were beaten at Bolton last season shortly after his move, and he is likely to be in for something similar - if not worse - on Tuesday, but the manager has vowed to try to keep smiling.

"In the career I've had, I've had many setbacks along the way, so in terms of mental strength, I think I have bounced back a number of times from trials and tribulations" said Coyle, who also guided Burnley to the Carling Cup semi-finals in their promotion season.

"You can't really say what the emotion is going to be until the events transpire.

"But whatever comes with it, I'll do my best to deal with it, and as always, I'll try to do it with a smile on my face."

Asked if he thought it would hurt to get a negative reaction from supporters that once idolised him, Coyle said: "I don't know, and I don't think we should get ahead of ourselves before we go there.

"I expect there will be a fair bit of criticism, but we all know as kids growing up that they can only call you a name once, and once you have been called it, you have been called it."

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