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Owen Coyle axed by Championship strugglers Bolton after failing to recover from Premier League relegation

By Dean Wilkins

Struggling Championship side Bolton Wanderers are on the hunt for a new manager after sacking Owen Coyle today.

The Trotters are again caught in a relegation battle after notching only three wins in ten games under the former Burnley boss – who guided his team out of the Premier League.

After only two years in charge of the Wanderers Coyle has been under fire for a string of poor results and Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Millwall was the nail in the coffin for the Scot.

Chairman Phil Gartside said in a statement on the club’s official website: “Owen poured his heart and soul into the job, both on and off the pitch, and he led our club with great dignity during some very challenging times.”

In the interim period Jimmy Phillips and Sammy Lee will take temporary charge of the first team squad the club announced.

Coyle said: “I had fantastic times here as a player and it has been a privilege to have held the post of manager.

“I want to thank the fans for their backing since I returned, the chairman and the owner for their support and friendship.

“I wish everyone connected with Bolton Wanderers all the very best.”

Coyle joined Bolton in 2010, just six months after guiding Burnley into the Premier League, and watched as his former side dropped out of the top flight.

At his peak, he led his team to the 2011 FA Cup semi-final at Wembley – but were dumped out in a 5-0 thrashing by Stoke City.

The 46-year-old was in charge when the club’s 11-year run in the top flight came to an end and found it difficult to reinvent his side.

The club announced debts of £110million – mainly owed to owner Eddie Davies – and despite Gartside pledging that Coyle’s job was safe in May, he has been axed just two months into the season.

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