Burnley manager Owen Coyle has told the club he wants to leave the club to take the vacant manager’s job at Bolton Wanderers.
Coyle, who played for Bolton between 1993-95, held talks with the club over the weekend before meeting with Burnley chairman Barry Kilby on Monday night.
The 43-year-old will take over at Bolton with the club in the relegation zone, two points behind Burnley with two games in hand. One of those matches comes at Arsenal on Wednesday night, though Coyle is unlikely to be in charge for that match.
Bolton fired former boss Gary Megson six days ago and have moved quickly to bring in a manager known for attractive football following Megson’s unpopular spell in charge.
A Burnley statement read: “Owen Coyle has today reaffirmed his desire to leave Burnley Football Club and join Bolton Wanderers Football Club.
“Burnley Football Club will now enter discussions with Bolton Wanderers Football Club, due to the fact that compensation between the two parties has yet to be agreed.
“There will be no further comment at this time.”
Coyle took over at Turf Moor in November 2007, earning promotion to the top flight – after a 33-year absence – via last season’s play-offs.
Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan has been mentioned among the early candidates to succeed Coyle if he completes his move to the Reebok Stadium.