Owen Coyle talks Bolton days and future plans on Soccer AM sofa

Last Updated: 20/04/13 4:05pm

Refreshed and ready to go.

That's how former Bolton boss Owen Coyle sees himself after six months away from the dugout and the Scot told Soccer AM he will be an even better manager than before when he takes over another club.

Coyle was unable to keep Bolton in the Premier League last season as the North West outfit were rocked by injuries to key players, and Fabrice Muamba's cardiac arrest during an FA Cup tie with Tottenham, a turn of events that brought a premature end to the midfielder's career.

The 46-year-old left The Reebok Stadium in October following Wanderers' slow start to the Championship campaign, but he told Helen Chamberlain and Max Rushden that he wants another crack at management.

"Football is the best game in the world, I love what I do and if the right job had come up I would have taken it."

Owen Coyle

"I don't think when you are in the game that you reckon you need a break but maybe I did because the last season at Bolton was such a traumatic one," said Coyle, who has also governed Falkirk, St Johnstone and Burnley.

"We had a horrendous injury list, we all know what happened with Fabrice - and it's great to see him looking so well now - and then we got relegated on the last day of the season at Stoke, when two disgraceful goals were allowed to stand.


"But football is the best game in the world, I love what I do and if the right job had come up - I have been lucky to have had about six offers but just didn't feel like they ticked all the boxes - I would have taken it.

"I feel I will be a better manager for the times that I've been through and the next club I go to will get someone ambitious who is determined to reach the heights again."

Coyle believes that, considering the topsy-turvy nature of the Championship, he should have been given more time to try and lift Bolton up the table, but says he harbours no ill-feeling towards the club's hierarchy.

"Two points a game often wins you promotion to the Premier League as either champions or runners-up and so sometimes boards are looking for you to have 10 points from five games," said the ex-Motherwell striker.

"That doesn't always happen and we didn't get that, possibly because of the negativity carrying on from last season, but it is quite easy to win seven or eight games in a row in the Championship.

"Bolton are a wonderful football club and I have a lot of time for their owner Eddie Davies and chairman Phil Gartside and I wish them well in their play-off push under (new manager) Dougie Freedman."

To hear more from Coyle, including why he previously turned down the Celtic manager's job and why he did not sign our very own Max Rushden to a contract at Bolton, hit the video above.