Coyle tips Clarets for Premier return

Coyle got the Clarets promoted to the top flight in 2009, but they

were relegated after he left the club in January to take over at

Wanderers. This evening’s Carling Cup third round tie between the

two sides will be the 44-year-old’s first time back to Turf Moor,

but Coyle believes Brian Laws will set up another reunion next

season. “In football, I think we recognise whether it’s as players,

coaches or managers that you always eventually go back to your

former clubs,” Coyle said. “The cup this year has given me the

opportunity to do that, but I fully expected, if we hadn’t drawn

Burnley in the cup, that we would meet them next year in the

Premier League. “I believe they are fully equipped to come back

into the Premier League with the squad they have and Brian in

charge.” Coyle received a hot reception from the travelling fans

when Burnley were beaten at Bolton last season shortly after his

move, and he is likely to be in for something similar – if not

worse – tonight, but the manager has vowed to try to keep smiling.

“In the career I’ve had, I’ve had many setbacks along the way, so

in terms of mental strength, I think I have bounced back a number

of times from trials and tribulations” said Coyle. “You can’t

really say what the emotion is going to be until the events

transpire. “But whatever comes with it, I’ll do my best to deal

with it, and as always, I’ll try to do it with a smile on my face.”