Coyle expects keeper fight
Owen Coyle will not make guarantees that Jussi Jaaskelainen will be Bolton's No.1 keeper next season.
Last Updated: 06/05/11 2:40pm
Owen Coyle admits he will not be making any guarantees that Jussi Jaaskelainen will be Bolton Wanderers' first-choice goalkeeper next season.
The Finn, who has played more than 500 games in 14 years with the Trotters, was surprisingly rested for last weekend's 1-0 defeat by Blackburn.
Hungarian youngster Adam Bogdan was given the nod at Ewood Park but the greater threat to Jaaskelainen's place in the medium term would appear to come from Ali Al Habsi.
The Oman international is coming to the end of a season on loan with Wigan in which he has greatly enhanced his reputation after four years as Jaaskelainen's understudy.
Coyle insists the situation does not present him with a problem and vowed it would be a "fair fight" between the trio.
The Scot said: "Ali was allowed to go on loan to Wigan because I felt he'd been understudy for too long and he had to play.
"I knew the qualities he has as a goalkeeper, I also knew young Adam Bogdan is an outstanding keeper who's getting better. So for us it was always a win, win, win situation.
"When the season finishes at Wigan, and Al Habsi's been one of their best players this year, he'll return to Bolton Wanderers, and that's very clear.
"There's no problem regarding all the positions in our team. It's a fair fight. As a manager, I think the best one will play in that position."
Coyle, meanwhile, insisted last week's decision was taken purely to give Jaaskelainen a rest and Bogdan a rare chance to play in the Premier League.
"Jussi was great," the Trotters boss said of his keeper's reaction. "Jussi's been outstanding all season, as he has from day one at the football club.
"I spoke to him and I said, given the amount of games we've had in a short period of time, that we were going to give young Adam a game at Blackburn, and he was comfortable with it.
"He'll play in goal against Sunderland on Saturday. As a manager, that's the decision you make. It was made for the right reasons."