MICK THE PICK FOR COYLE JOB
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.