Payton: Coyle may regret leaving Burnley

ANDY Payton believes Owen Coyle will wonder whether he should have stayed at Burnley after the Scot was sacked by Bolton yesterday.

Coyle controversially left Turf Moor to join the Clarets’ Lancashire rivals in January 2010, at a time when Burnley were two points above Bolton in the Premier League table.

The Clarets eventually dropped out of the top flight that season but they are now marginally above Bolton once more, with Coyle relieved of his duties yesterday morning with the Trotters 18th in the Championship following their relegation from the Premier League last term.

It marks a real turnaround in fortunes for a man who was once regarded as one of the most promising managers in the country and yesterday’s events was greeted by many Burnley fans, for whom the Scot became public enemy number one following his Turf Moor exit.

Alan Beecroft, chairman of the Colne Clarets, called the news ‘absolutely tremendous’.

And former Burnley striker Payton believes the Scot will now be pondering whether he made the right decision by leaving Turf Moor – and whether in fact he could have now been in charge of a Clarets side still playing in the Premier League.

Payton, a lifelong Clarets fan who scored 81 goals for the club between 1998 and 2003, said: “He will look back, particularly now he’s been shown the door at Bolton and there will be part of him that is thinking, ‘Should I have stayed at Burnley?’.

“It was looking like we would have stayed in the Premier League I think, we were doing okay.

“But unfortunately no-one will ever know now.

“I think it was a sideways move.

“He was worshipped like a God here and I don’t think he would ever have got quite that adulation at Bolton.

“Unfortunately with the way in which he left, it turned into the complete opposite here in terms of his popularity.

“He took all of his staff with him and it left a huge hole in the club.

“Obviously he played for Bolton and didn’t have the ties with Burnley like someone like me.

“I’m sure he thought he would have more money to spend there, and he probably did.

“I know there are a lot of Burnley fans happy with the news that he’s been sacked, although I never like to see anyone lose their job.

“It should always be remembered that he did a very good job for Burnley.

“He took us to Wembley and got us promotion.”

Coyle’s last game as Bolton boss came in a 2-1 defeat at Millwall on Saturday, when a penalty miss from former Claret Chris Eagles proved to be the turning point of the game.

Sandy Stewart and Steve Davis, who followed Coyle from Turf Moor to Bolton as part of his backroom staff, also left the club yesterday.

Coyle’s Bolton side were beaten 2-0 at Turf Moor on the opening day of the season, when a plane flew over the ground bearing a message for the manager.

“What goes around comes around,” said Beecroft, of the Colne Clarets, who also admitted concern at Burnley’s own recent run of results.

“You reap what you sow, like that plane said at the start of the season.

“I have no sympathy for him in any shape or form and I’m sure pretty much every Burnley fan will say the same.”

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11:28am Wed 10 Oct 12

proud burnley lad says...

i feel the same absolutely chuffed haha serves him right
i feel the same absolutely chuffed haha serves him right proud burnley lad
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12:12pm Wed 10 Oct 12

Midland Claret says...

He should have shown loyalty to Burnley for giving him access to the bigtime.

If he could have kept Burnley up who knows he may now be at Liverpool or Villa as are Rodgers and Lambert. If we had been relegated it would have done little damage to his reputation.

He made the wrong decision and will forever be tainted by his lack of loyalty and for ripping the heart out of Burnley.
He should have shown loyalty to Burnley for giving him access to the bigtime. If he could have kept Burnley up who knows he may now be at Liverpool or Villa as are Rodgers and Lambert. If we had been relegated it would have done little damage to his reputation. He made the wrong decision and will forever be tainted by his lack of loyalty and for ripping the heart out of Burnley. Midland Claret
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3:18pm Wed 10 Oct 12

makaveli96 says...

He drunk irn-bru instead of Stella!!

Wake up!!

He wasnt a PROPER MAN like us BLACKBURN lads!
He drunk irn-bru instead of Stella!! Wake up!! He wasnt a PROPER MAN like us BLACKBURN lads! makaveli96
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5:25pm Wed 10 Oct 12

Dohhhh says...

as a Wolves fan, we find Bloton oddious on so many levels and reasons going back some way (McGinley for starters) Gartside alone, and his attempt to have the Premier League sealed off free from any relegation, with his team inside is the most obnoxious piece of self-serving ever seen - was he a bank director in another life?
Yet beyond all that, what he did to Burnley - walking down the road mid-season and taking his whole organisational team, leaving you up the swanee with your guts ripped out - was a disgrace beyond comprehension, and unforgivable - above all managers he truly deserves what he has now got (except for the fat pay-off, with an amount the like most of us won't see in our whole working lifetimes, as he after-reward for failure). Still, he served a worthy purps - he took Bloton down.
as a Wolves fan, we find Bloton oddious on so many levels and reasons going back some way (McGinley for starters) Gartside alone, and his attempt to have the Premier League sealed off free from any relegation, with his team inside is the most obnoxious piece of self-serving ever seen - was he a bank director in another life? Yet beyond all that, what he did to Burnley - walking down the road mid-season and taking his whole organisational team, leaving you up the swanee with your guts ripped out - was a disgrace beyond comprehension, and unforgivable - above all managers he truly deserves what he has now got (except for the fat pay-off, with an amount the like most of us won't see in our whole working lifetimes, as he after-reward for failure). Still, he served a worthy purps - he took Bloton down. Dohhhh
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6:48pm Wed 10 Oct 12

Pompey Claret says...

Dohhhh wrote:
as a Wolves fan, we find Bloton oddious on so many levels and reasons going back some way (McGinley for starters) Gartside alone, and his attempt to have the Premier League sealed off free from any relegation, with his team inside is the most obnoxious piece of self-serving ever seen - was he a bank director in another life?
Yet beyond all that, what he did to Burnley - walking down the road mid-season and taking his whole organisational team, leaving you up the swanee with your guts ripped out - was a disgrace beyond comprehension, and unforgivable - above all managers he truly deserves what he has now got (except for the fat pay-off, with an amount the like most of us won't see in our whole working lifetimes, as he after-reward for failure). Still, he served a worthy purps - he took Bloton down.
Dohhhh ,

Very well put chap.
[quote][p][bold]Dohhhh[/bold] wrote: as a Wolves fan, we find Bloton oddious on so many levels and reasons going back some way (McGinley for starters) Gartside alone, and his attempt to have the Premier League sealed off free from any relegation, with his team inside is the most obnoxious piece of self-serving ever seen - was he a bank director in another life? Yet beyond all that, what he did to Burnley - walking down the road mid-season and taking his whole organisational team, leaving you up the swanee with your guts ripped out - was a disgrace beyond comprehension, and unforgivable - above all managers he truly deserves what he has now got (except for the fat pay-off, with an amount the like most of us won't see in our whole working lifetimes, as he after-reward for failure). Still, he served a worthy purps - he took Bloton down.[/p][/quote]Dohhhh , Very well put chap. Pompey Claret
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6:49pm Wed 10 Oct 12

eddyo says...

To regret leaving Burnley is akin to thinking your manhood is too big or you have too much money.
To regret leaving Burnley is akin to thinking your manhood is too big or you have too much money. eddyo
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7:40pm Wed 10 Oct 12

DirtyHarry says...

Wonder if Payton has paid his council tax arrears yet?
Wonder if Payton has paid his council tax arrears yet? DirtyHarry
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8:19pm Wed 10 Oct 12

exiled claret says...

Brilliant that Coyle has left Bltn.. Let's hope Howe is the next manager to go, together with his backroom staff.

Exiled claret
Brilliant that Coyle has left Bltn.. Let's hope Howe is the next manager to go, together with his backroom staff. Exiled claret exiled claret
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10:59pm Wed 10 Oct 12

jellybiff says...

Why would he regret Payton you muppet ???/he walks away with a couple of £million in readies whilst you live in a little Barratt house getting drunk.bizarre story.
Why would he regret Payton you muppet ???/he walks away with a couple of £million in readies whilst you live in a little Barratt house getting drunk.bizarre story. jellybiff
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11:38pm Wed 10 Oct 12

RUinsane says...

Of course he regrets getting a million pound a year instead of a free pie.
Obviously Mr payton headed the ball a lot as a player
Of course he regrets getting a million pound a year instead of a free pie. Obviously Mr payton headed the ball a lot as a player RUinsane
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6:41am Thu 11 Oct 12

madari says...

makaveli96 wrote:
He drunk irn-bru instead of Stella!!

Wake up!!

He wasnt a PROPER MAN like us BLACKBURN lads!
Madari the snake charmer says:

I thought you blackburn lads being muslim and all that werent allowed to drink stella....or are you on about your mum Stella!!!
[quote][p][bold]makaveli96[/bold] wrote: He drunk irn-bru instead of Stella!! Wake up!! He wasnt a PROPER MAN like us BLACKBURN lads![/p][/quote]Madari the snake charmer says: I thought you blackburn lads being muslim and all that werent allowed to drink stella....or are you on about your mum Stella!!! madari
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6:42am Thu 11 Oct 12

madari says...

makaveli96 wrote:
He drunk irn-bru instead of Stella!!

Wake up!!

He wasnt a PROPER MAN like us BLACKBURN lads!
Madari the snake charmer says:

I thought you blackburn lads being muslim and all that werent allowed to drink stella....or are you on about your mum Stella!!!
[quote][p][bold]makaveli96[/bold] wrote: He drunk irn-bru instead of Stella!! Wake up!! He wasnt a PROPER MAN like us BLACKBURN lads![/p][/quote]Madari the snake charmer says: I thought you blackburn lads being muslim and all that werent allowed to drink stella....or are you on about your mum Stella!!! madari
  • Score: 0

8:20am Thu 11 Oct 12

Chico! says...

Payton then added:

"can yuz lend uz fifty pee mate? Uz giros not due in till Friday an ah wunt to go ter t'Big Windoh wi uz mates. Am good ferrit ah tells thee..."
Payton then added: "can yuz lend uz fifty pee mate? Uz giros not due in till Friday an ah wunt to go ter t'Big Windoh wi uz mates. Am good ferrit ah tells thee..." Chico!
  • Score: 2

11:22am Thu 11 Oct 12

nearly sane says...

It's a shame when your own club's lack of achievements and ambition means you can only get your kicks by taking pleasure in other's misfortune. Most Blackburn and Bolton fans couldn't really give a stuff about Burnley on any serious level and are far more intrested in their own club's affairs. Burnley fans love to watch Bolton and Blackburn fail because they have nothing else to occupy their minds apart from jealously that (despite the fact they are all in the same league now) still lingers on and on.
It's a shame when your own club's lack of achievements and ambition means you can only get your kicks by taking pleasure in other's misfortune. Most Blackburn and Bolton fans couldn't really give a stuff about Burnley on any serious level and are far more intrested in their own club's affairs. Burnley fans love to watch Bolton and Blackburn fail because they have nothing else to occupy their minds apart from jealously that (despite the fact they are all in the same league now) still lingers on and on. nearly sane
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11:31am Thu 11 Oct 12

midas says...

nearly sane wrote:
It's a shame when your own club's lack of achievements and ambition means you can only get your kicks by taking pleasure in other's misfortune. Most Blackburn and Bolton fans couldn't really give a stuff about Burnley on any serious level and are far more intrested in their own club's affairs. Burnley fans love to watch Bolton and Blackburn fail because they have nothing else to occupy their minds apart from jealously that (despite the fact they are all in the same league now) still lingers on and on.
from the man commenting on a story by an ex burnley player about a former Burnley manager!!
[quote][p][bold]nearly sane[/bold] wrote: It's a shame when your own club's lack of achievements and ambition means you can only get your kicks by taking pleasure in other's misfortune. Most Blackburn and Bolton fans couldn't really give a stuff about Burnley on any serious level and are far more intrested in their own club's affairs. Burnley fans love to watch Bolton and Blackburn fail because they have nothing else to occupy their minds apart from jealously that (despite the fact they are all in the same league now) still lingers on and on.[/p][/quote]from the man commenting on a story by an ex burnley player about a former Burnley manager!! midas
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8:31pm Sat 13 Oct 12

j bee says...

ihave to laugh when rovers say we will have to get the right man , like hogson ,kidd ince and sam all what a load of silly talk
ihave to laugh when rovers say we will have to get the right man , like hogson ,kidd ince and sam all what a load of silly talk j bee
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