Coyle: I would've taken Bolton back to Premier League

Sacked manager Owen Coyle is convinced he would've led Bolton Wanderers to promotion this season.

Sacked manager Owen Coyle is convinced he would've led Bolton Wanderers to promotion this season.

While bearing no malice toward Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside, a man with whom he forged a strong friendship, Coyle remains convinced the club's ultimate goal lay within his reach.

He told Sky Sports News: "We understand we had to hit the ground running this year. It's not happened.

"People say 'is it too early?' - I certainly believe we'd have got promotion from the position we're in.

"But ultimately, the people who make the decision have decided it's not to be. They want to seek a fresh face.

"What I do know is, whoever it is that's coming in, they're coming in to a marvellous opportunity at a wonderful club and I've got no doubts they will kick on from strength to strength."

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