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Manchester United & Liverpool Eye Bolton Wanderers Boss Owen Coyle As Potential Next Manager - Report

Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle is being lined up by Manchester United and Liverpool, respectively, with a view to becoming their manager should Sir Alex Ferguson retire or Roy Hodgson lose his job, according to a report in The Mirror.

Coyle – named Premier League manager of the month for November - joined Bolton from neighbours Burnley less than a year ago in January 2010.

Since then, Coyle has turned Bolton from relegation candidates into European challengers, as well as coaching them to play some of the most attractive football in the Premier League.

Bolton currently lie sixth in the table on 23 points and are the fourth highest scoring team in the league with 28 goals.

Chairman Phil Gartside said: “Our results and performances have improved greatly and that is a measure of Owen’s influence.

“We’ve virtually the same players that he inherited, but he’s got the best out of them, playing in a style that is attractive as well as effective.”

It is believed that many Bolton fans are resigned to losing Coyle at some point and are bracing themselves should Ferguson retire at the end of the season.

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