Elmander happy at Bolton under Coyle

The Swede showed only glimpses of his best form under Gary Megson

after arriving at the Reebok Stadium from Toulouse in the summer of

2008. Elmander fell down the pecking order and looked set to move

on until Coyle came in and handed him more opportunities to

impress. Having become a regular starter, the 28-year-old is full

of praise for his new boss and relishing the challenge of trying to

make even more of an impact next term. Speaking about a recent

discussion with Coyle, Elmander told Aftonbladet: “He didn’t say

that I was leaving, it was a positive meeting and he said that he

was really pleased with what I have done and that he wants to

continue to cooperate with me. “I have one year left with Bolton

and really feel that this is the thing, it’s now that things start.

“He is honest, and I appreciate that. He is the best manager I’ve

had.” Asked to comment on whether most people would have expected

him to leave, Elmander added: “Everyone can’t tell me what to do,

that’s up to me to decide.” Elmander preferred not to reflect on

his time under Megson but confessed that it had been a difficult

period in his career. “When Gary Megson was there things weren’t

good,” he said. “We had different opinions and it didn’t work out,

but Megson is a closed chapter that I don’t want to discuss. “Since

the new manager (came in everything has changed. It has been

working out great. “I have confidence in him but understand that he

wants to test other players as well.”