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COMMENT: Coyle Clarets return would never work
ONE national newspaper yesterday speculated that Owen Coyle ‘intriguingly, may now return to his old club Burnley’.
Intriguing indeed. Impossible? Probably.
For starters, it is a hypothetical situation as long as Eddie Howe remains in charge at Turf Moor.
Murmurings about the possibility of the 34-year-old going back to former club Bournemouth to manage the Cherries once more have rumbled on ever since Paul Groves was relieved of his duties at the League One club last week.
I expect them, now, to come to nothing and Howe to continue with the Clarets (although the minute you think football can no longer surprise you, it jumps up and bites you on the behind).
But, when the time comes that Burnley are back in the hunt for a new manager – for whatever reason – could Coyle be the man?
In some senses, on paper, it isn’t the most unrealistic prospect in the world.
Only a handful of players affected by his departure remain with the club. Most have moved on. He proved himself to be the master of motivation during his two-and-a-bit year tenure, masterminding some magical results.
He knows the club, he knows the people. There would be considerable making up to do with the fans, undoubtedly, for the manner in which he left in January 2010 – but perhaps there is unfinished business here.
The board would have to be mindful of his shelf-life, though. Things start to turn a bit sour around the two-year mark, if not before, while tactics aren’t his forte. He likes Del Amitri, not Plan B.
But could that board work with Coyle again? Could they trust him?
No matter how much water has passed under the bridge those board members, those Burnley men, were hurt by the Scot. Anyone who heard Clive Holt’s emotional speech at Barry Kilby’s retirement dinner in May will know just how much.
The scars may have healed, but they are not invisible.
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