Bolton Wanderers new boys Tyrone Mears and Chris Eagles have revealed that the pull of playing for former their manager Owen Coyle once again was the key to their decision to join the Trotters from Burnley.
The pair had Coyle as their manager during their time at Turf Moor, and such was the relationship they formed with the hugely-respected Scot mean that when he came calling, the decision to sign up at the Reebok was a no-brainer.
"To come and link up with the gaffer and his staff was an easy move to make," Eagles said. "They brought me to Burnley from Manchester United and really gave me a solid grounding after various loan spells.
"He's just got something special about him. He's extremely positive and loves to laugh and joke and that's something I really like. The first time I ever met him we seemed to click and hopefully it can be the same here.
"I like to think that when I was at Burnley I proved what I can do and the gaffer gave me that platform. I'm now hoping that here at Bolton I can push on to the next level.”
Mears added: "I've obviously worked with the manager before and he definitely gets the best out of his players and I think he has shown that during his time at both Burnley and Bolton.
"When I previously linked up with the gaffer at Burnley I think I missed two games in two seasons, so I really enjoyed playing regular football. I obviously know a lot of the other staff aside from the manager, and that certainly helps. Coming in at the same time as Chris is a bonus and it'll definitely help me settle in.
On the new signings manager Coyle said both players are likely to be bring something special to the table. "Both Chris and Tyrone are top players, and have shown that they have the ability to compete successfully at the highest level.
"I have worked with them both before and know what they will bring to the club in terms of character and commitment and along with Nigel Reo Coker, we have added real quality to the squad."
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