Coyle eyes a place in Europe

Coyle has transformed the Trotters since taking over as manager

just over a year ago and has taken them to the cusp of an FA Cup

final. Bolton face Stoke in the semi-final of the competition next

month and a place in the final is likely to be enough to secure a

spot in Europe. Coyle has fond memories of playing against teams

from the continent as a player and watching his beloved Celtic as

fan in his youth. However, he is aware that to develop as a

manager, he will need to test himself against the best from the

European mainland. “As a manager you want to push yourselves to the

maximum and your players to the maximum and try to get that bit

better,” he told The People. “Something like European football

should be cherished. Football is still the same game wherever it is

played. You just go up a level and deal with better players. “But

you want that because it makes you better. Some of the players here

are capable of playing for any club. And I mean any club.” At 64,

Harry Redknapp is enjoying his maiden campaign in the Champions

League, and proving age is no barrier when it comes to learning new

things. Coyle has taken heart from the Tottenham manager and is

eager to add European football to his blossoming CV. “European

football is great goal for any manager,” he added. “Look at Harry

Redknapp, he has been a great manager for years but you can see

from his face how he is loving the involvement of Champions League.

“Even at this stage of his career he has probably become a better

manager for the experience.”