Ex-Wanderers have their say

6:00am Thursday 11th October 2012

By Marc Iles

IVAN CAMPO The flamboyant Spanish midfielder took to Twitter to throw his hat into the ring early for the vacant position.

He wrote on the social networking site: “After to know what its happening in the BOLTON FAMILY i want to say that of course I would like to help to the club.

“I love very special moment in my life. Big SAM. Nolan. Davo. JJ Okocha. Jussi, Djorkaeff, Hierro...... And all fans of BWFC. My family.

“Only I need recive a call of Phil Gartside and i will go to Bolton inmeditaly to help to the club with my experience.

“Ok. I would try to speak with Phil Gartside And after meeting the fans will know of I will go again to Bolton or not.”

FABRICE MUAMBA The recently-retired midfielder admits promotion is a must for whoever steps into Coyle’s shoes.

“If you look at the start of the season, the guys have not been playing particularly well and the results have not been up to the standards we thought with the players we’ve got in the team,” he said.

“I was obviously devastated to see he was going but I am sure the club and the chairman will bring someone in to get promoted because we need to get promoted.

“In football you make changes and sometimes that’s good, sometimes it’s bad. We just have to wait and see how the club react.

“Football is results game and you get paid and picked if you play well. If you don’t, you get out the team.

“For players it is the same as a manager. You stay in the job as long as the boys are performing for the team.”

ANDY WALKER The former Burnden Park hitman reckons Coyle’s replacement must have experience of getting a club back into the top flight.

“Owen was one of the good guys and given time he would have been able to turn things around,” he said. “They’ve got a strong squad but results are everything.

“Bolton didn’t want to take the chance of losing out on the new [Premier League] TV deal that will kick in next season.

“They need a lift and a spark from somewhere. Bolton need someone who has experience of winning in that division and of getting promotion from the Championship to the Premier League.

“I don’t think it will be a name that we’re unfamiliar with, it’ll be someone who can hit the ground running.

“It’s a strong squad and I don’t know whether a different voice might just focus minds a little more.”

ALAN GOWLING Media pundit and former Wanderers striker believes Coyle should have been sacked earlier than he was.

“It should have come last Christmas when it would have given the new manager a chance to keep Bolton in the Premier League,” he said.

“I just felt Owen had lost his players. They’d lost confidence, didn’t believe in him any more, and once that happens to any manager it’s a very quick way down the road and out.

“The chairman has to get it right and give Bolton a chance to get straight back in the Premier League,” he said.

“I’d definitely talk to Solskjaer, he’s a fresh face and fresh name.”


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