Coyle respects Allardyce legacy

That will, however, not prevent the Glasgow-born boss from trying

to get one over him on Sunday when his side face Blackburn.

Allardyce’s name is etched in Bolton folklore after he led them

into the Premier League, then Europe, not to mention the Carling

Cup final. He is now trying to revitalise Blackburn after an

unsuccessful spell at Newcastle. Coyle has already lost one

tactical battle this season to his managerial counterpart when the

Burnley side he was in charge of went down 3-2 at Ewood Park. He

said: “We are sitting here in the training ground, which is part of

Sam’s legacy. “Along with Phil Gartside (chairman) and Eddie Davies

(owner), they all came together and had a vision. “They had the

finance to back it up and Sam has left a tremendous legacy at this

club. “Sam is someone I have a lot of time for. He is a tremendous

manager with a fine backroom staff and after the game we will have

a chat.” Thoughts of Europe are a distant memory as Bolton battle

to avoid the drop. Following the draw against Wigan in midweek they

have managed just one win in seven league games since Coyle

replaced Gary Megson. He believes the results are not a fair

reflection of their performances. “The margins are very fine and

there have been some tough fixtures,” said Coyle. “We have to

accept we should have scored more goals with the chances we had.

But I know we can turn things around as the lads are working their

socks off. “You have to believe in what you are doing and in the

players you have. They have shown they can go toe to toe with some

of the best teams in the country. “We are coming up against a very

good Blackburn side, with a terrific home record. But we want to go

there and put our own stamp on the match.” Coyle will monitor the

fitness of striker Ivan Klasnic over the next 24 hours. The

Croatian, who has six goals this season after arriving on loan from

Nantes, is on the mend after a calf injury. He last appeared in

Bolton’s only win under Coyle and that was against the manager’s

former club Burnley last month. Coyle said: “Klasnic has not

trained with the group yet but he may join in tomorrow. If he does

I will have to look at that. “What I can’t do is take a chance with

him and have him miss another two or three weeks because he is a

natural goalscorer. He will be important for us in the run-in.”