New Wigan boss Coyle pleased to reunite with Al Habsi

Owen Coyle is looking forward to again working with goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi.

Owen Coyle is looking forward to again working with goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi.

The former Bolton boss has taken the reins at Wigan Athletic and is excited about the prospect of having the Oman international take the gloves for his side following their time together at the Reebok Stadium prior to Al Habsi’s £4million move to the DW Stadium.

"I never wanted to sell Ali, as was well-documented at the time," he told the Wigan Evening Post. "But we needed to raise revenue to try to bring in an attacking player, and we had three outstanding goalkeepers at the football club.

"I looked at it from a player's point of view, and thought that he needed to play football. Wigan came in with the loan move, he did very well, and it was only natural then that they did the deal to keep him. It was a good deal for everybody - a win, win, win situation.

"Having Ali here will be a great asset to me, because he is an outstanding man as well as an outstanding goalkeeper. It'll be nice to link up with him again and he'll be a key man for us."

 

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