Coyle not fazed by sack talk
Owen Coyle insists he is not fazed by reports that he could be sacked as Bolton manager if he loses Tuesday's derby against Blackburn.
Last Updated: 19/12/11 4:49pm
Owen Coyle insists he is not fazed by reports that he could be sacked as Bolton Wanderers manager if he loses Tuesday's derby against fellow strugglers Blackburn Rovers.
Bolton currently prop up the Premier League table after losing 13 of their 16 games this season, while local rivals Blackburn are only a place and a point further up the ladder.
Reports have suggested that the losing manager on Tuesday will be dismissed, with Blackburn boss Steve Kean under pressure from his club's supporters and now the local press.
But Coyle, who has been publicly backed by Bolton chairman Phil Gartside, claimed he was unaware of talk which suggested the beaten man could be axed.
News to me
"It is news to me but that is the nature of football," said the Scot. "Everyone has an opinion and loves a negative story.
"It doesn't faze me. Whatever ultimately happens to you in life will happen.
"We all have jobs to do and as long as no-one gets personal about anyone at my club we will not have a problem about that.
"Have your opinion, call it any way you like but it doesn't faze me.
"But what I do know is by going and winning points you can turn that opinion very quickly. It is a great opportunity as far as I am concerned."
Coyle had some good news when United States midfielder Stuart Holden returned to the training ground on Monday to continue working his way back from a knee injury.
"He is an infectious character and we love having him," added Coyle.
"It was important that he got back home and did a lot of his rehab with his national team but it is always nice when you have a player of that ilk back.
"He bounced in this morning and came in to see me. He is a terrific lad and loves being at the club and there is no doubt he has been sadly missed.
"The sooner we have him back the better it is for all concerned and I'm sure he'll give everyone a boost."