Coyle given vote of confidence by Bolton chairman

The Trotters' owner is still confident in the abilities of the 45-year-old, insisting that mounting injuries among the squad was a key aspect in the club's relegation

Bolton chairman Phil Gartside has maintained that manager Owen Coyle’s job is safe despite the club’s recent relegation from the Premier League.

The Trotters were condemned to spend next season in the Championship following their 2-2 draw away at Stoke City last Sunday, ending their 11-year spell in the top-flight.

However, Coyle, who played for the club between 1993 and 1995, has received full backing from the chairman.

"I want Owen to stay and I'm certain he will stay," Gartside told BBC Radio Manchester.

"We've formed a good working relationship and I respect the way he works."

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Coyle took over the reins at the Reebok Stadium in January 2010, leading them to two 14th-place finishes during the next 18 months.

But, despite finishing 18th this season, Gartside does still have faith in Coyle, insisting mounting injury concerns among the squad contributed to their downfall.

He continued: "He's been very unlucky this year. He's a young manager, he's learned a lot and we've invested in that."

"The experiences we've all had this year have been unique and unprecedented. These are not excuses, they are reasons."

"During the season, we've had 15 trauma injuries, including four broken legs. I've been on board for nearly 30 years and I've never seen a season where we've had such a horrendous injury list."