Burnley transfer diary 20 December 2009 - 7 January 2010
Since the start of the month the speculation that Burnley will lose Owen Coyle to Bolton has intensified to the point where it now just seems like a matter of time. A last minute Martin O'Neill style change of mind seems less and less likely. Before the manager got all unsettled the likelihood was that Burnley would sign David Nugent permanently for a million or two from Pompey and maybe strengthen the defence - but now, who knows?
Sunday 20 December 2009
The News of the World reported that Burnley were hoping to sign Tottenham left-back Gareth Bale on loan.
Monday 21 December 2009
Owen Coyle settled down to watch his favourite sitcom - 'The Green Green Grass'.
Tuesday 22 December 2009
Burnley have competition from Celtic as well as Hull, Newcastle and ... ahem ... Bolton for the £1m signing of Sheffield United defender Matthew Kilgallon according to The Daily Record.
Wednesday 23 December 2009
Owen Coyle decides to ring a landscape gardener, convinced that his lawn wasn't looking its best.
Thursday 24 December 2009
Owen Coyle thinks he's like a book on idioms or proverbs for Christmas.
Friday 25 December 2009
Owen Coyle gets his Christmas wish.
Saturday 26 December 2009
Owen Coyle considers the meaning of 'familiarity breeds contempt'.
Sunday 27 December 2009
Owen Coyle considers the meaning of 'absence makes the heart grow fonder'.
Monday 28 December 2009
Owen Coyle considers the meaning of 'When ambition ends, happiness begins'.
Tuesday 29 December 2009
Owen Coyle reads that 'ambition without knowledge is like a boat on dry river' - and gives up. Not of it makes sense.
Wednesday 30 December 2009
According to the Daily Mail Burnley are close to signing Algeria captain Yazid Mansouri for £1m from French club Lorient - although he is on Africa Cup of Nations duty at the moment. Bolton sack their manager, Gary Megson.
Thursday 31 December 2009
Owen Coyle is an early favourite for the Bolton job although the Daily Telegraph reckon that Darren Ferguson is the fallback if Owen Coyle is unpersuaded by Bolton.
Friday 1 January 2009
The new year sees more names attracted to relegation threatened Bolton, The Daily Mail talk up Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock and former West Ham boss Alan Curbishley as alternatives to Coyle.
Saturday 2 January 2010
The Daily Mirror reckons that Owen Coyle is worried about whether Burnley will be able to keep David Nugent given Pompey's turmoil. Whilst The Sun reckons that Coyle has rejected the Bolton job ... and then changed his mind.
Sunday 3 January 2010
The Mail on Sunday report that Owen Coyle refused to take the Burnley post-match interviews after beating MK Dons in the cup due to an urgent flight - but didn't leave the ground to try to catch the plane. Which all adds up to him taking over at Bolton. Apparently. The News of the World reckon that Bolton will make a formal approach in the 'next few hours' but Burnley want £4m in compensation.
Monday 4 January 2010
Owen Coyle turns his lights out and ducks behind the sofa when someone knocks on his door.
Tuesday 5 January 2010
Burnley release an official statement that states that Owen Coyle had requested to leave Turf Moor to join Bolton.
Wednesday 6 January 2010
The Sun report that Burnley have put Owen Coyle on gardening leave until Bolton agree to pay them £3m in compensation. The papers start working on replacements as Burnley manager; with The Guardian forwarding the claims of Hibernian's John Hughes.
Thursday 7 January 2010
The Daily Mail reckon Norwich manager Paul Lambert is now a leading contender to replace Owen Coyle at Burnley; whereas The Daily Mirror believe that Burnley want to talk to Simon Grayson about becoming their new manager.
*What do you think of the Burnley speculation, was Owen Coyle wrong to consider Bolton - or really very wrong? Will Burnley now do any January business and how will it impact on the possible relegation scrap? Let us know!