Coyle relaxed over Elmander
Bolton boss Owen Coyle says it is up to striker Johan Elmander where he plays his football next season.
Last Updated: 11/02/11 5:26pm
Bolton boss Owen Coyle says it is up to star striker Johan Elmander where he plays his football next season.
The 29-year-old striker has been a revelation this season for the Trotters, scoring 10 goals to the delight of Coyle.
After an uncertain start to his Bolton career, the Swede has flourished alongside Kevin Davies this term, leading to many admiring glances from clubs across Europe.
Newcastle United are the most recent team to be linked with the talented striker, who is out of contract in the summer.
With the forward now certain to be staying at the Reebok beyond the January window, Wanderers have lost the chance to cash in on the man they signed for a club record £8.2million from Toulouse in 2008.
Despite the uncertainty surrounding his player, Coyle insists he is happy with the current situation and admits Elmander could still sign fresh terms with the Trotters.
"The chairman had a chat with Johan's representative in November/December time and it was a good discussion," he said.
"I think at that time it was left that they would have a chat in spring, and that was fine because that told me Johan didn't want to leave in January.
"Johan's well within his own rights to let his contract run to the summer, which will happen, and then decide what he wants to do.
"But I know the chairman is looking to speak to his representative in the next couple of weeks and we'll see what comes of that.
"Johan's been very up front and honest so I've got absolutely no problem with that. He's a top lad and a terrific player and I would love to keep him at the football club.
"But, equally, I have to be understanding and, if Johan wants something further down the line for himself or his family, then so be it."
Rub of the green
Coyle will hope to get the better of the refereeing decisions when his side take on Everton at the Reebok on Sunday.
The Trotters boss was left fuming after his side's 2-1 defeat to Tottenham, a game that saw Spurs handed two penalties while Gary Cahill was booked for a perceived dive by referee Mark Clattenburg.
"I've said my piece. I'm happy that I did and now I've moved on. I've got a game this Sunday to look forward to and I can't affect what's happened," Coyle added.
"It's important you do get it off your chest because if you allow that to fester then it just makes it bigger.
"If I look at a lot of games this season then I think it's been a travesty what's happened. I'm sitting here on 33 points and I believe we should easily have 40 points in the league and that's just through decisions that haven't gone our way.
"They say it evens itself out. I don't personally believe in that, because if it did then I think we'd be due about 20 decisions in the last part of the season."