MICK THE PICK FOR COYLE JOB

Midweek Sport - - THURSDAY OCTOBER 11 - By NEIL JOHN­STON

FOR­MER Wolves boss Mick McCarthy (left) and Roy Keane are in the frame at Bolton af­ter Owen Coyle was sacked by the Reebok club.

Coyle, 46, has paid the price for a ter­ri­ble start to the sea­son af­ter rel­e­ga­tion from the Premier League. The Trot­ters are lan­guish­ing in 18th in the Cham­pion

ship ta­ble af­ter just three wins in 10 games. And chair­man Phil Gart­side – who ap­pointed Coyle in Jan­uary 2010 af­ter the Scot steered Burn­ley to the top flight – has fi­nally run out of pa­tience with the for­mer Wan­der­ers player.

Gart­side said: “It is the right time for a change. We set a tar­get at the start of the sea­son and want to get back on track.” Coyle said: “I have al­ways been driven to act in the best in­ter­ests of the club and care pas­sion­ately about it.

“I had fan­tas­tic times as a player here and it has been a priv­i­lege to have held the post of man­ager.”

The hunt for a re­place­ment is al­ready un­der way, with the Trot­ters hope­ful of an­nounc­ing a new man­ager be­fore the next game at home to Bris­tol City on 20 Oc­to­ber. Mean­while, for­mer boss Sammy Lee has been placed in tem­po­rary con­trol.

McCarthy, 53, steered Wolves to pro­mo­tion in 2008-09. But the ex-Repub­lic of Ire­land chief has been out of man­age­ment since be­ing sacked by the Black Coun­try club in Fe­bru­ary.

Keane, 41, is also des­per­ate to re­turn to the hot-seat. He has not man­aged since be­ing sacked by Ip­swich last year.

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