The Twohundredpercent Premier League Previews: Bolton Wanderers

If there is one particular role within football that is analysed more than any other, it is that of the manager. So much of the culture of the modern game is wrapped up in the cult of the football manager that it would be easy to reach the conclusion that their value is over-stated, but when they get things right, they can set a club that may have been heading towards choppy waters towards, perhaps, a brighter future. One of the more understated success stories of the last couple of years or so has been the appointment of Owen Coyle by Bolton Wanderers. Coyle’s appointment wasn’t without a degree of controversy and the nature of the way in which he was poached from Burnley left a sour taste in the mouth for many. Bolton Wanderers supporters, however, may wish to reflect instead upon the extent to which Coyle has been a success on the pitch and how this has reflected upon the club’s well-being in a more general sense. It wasn’t so long ago that we could have considered Bolton Wanderers to be a potential financial basketcase waiting to happen, but now, while they still have considerable work to do in order to even their keel, their future looks a little rosier than it has done for some time. Bolton’s decade in the Premier League has been played out against a...

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