Coyle: No need to sell top Trotters

Coyle: No need to sell top Trotters

Published Nov. 23, 2010 2:02 p.m. ET

Owen Coyle insists he is under no pressure to part with Bolton's top stars in January amid reports Johan Elmander and Gary Cahill may be sold.

The Trotters boss has seen the likes of Elmander and Cahill linked with exits once the transfer window reopens.

Disappointing financial figures announced by the Trotters have fuelled the speculation, with chairman Phil Gartside admitting that sales may be required.

Coyle, though, insists he has been assured that there will be no need to part with the club's most saleable assets and claims he is more concerned about adding than selling.


"I think it's important that we put this to bed finally," the Scot told Sky Sports News.

"We don't have to sell anyone in January. When the financial results came out they weren't great and no-one is trying to be evasive or trying to pretend otherwise, but I think people need to realise that debt is owed to one man, our owner Eddie Davies.

"I speak to Eddie, like I do the chairman, every week and I'm as comfortable now as I was when I came into the job. They have stressed to me that I don't have to sell anybody.

"In a matter of fact, I'm looking to strengthen in January to help the squad we've got. We don't have the greatest numbers but we have quality and I'm looking to add to that because we want to build a team and take the club on."

Bolton have already announced that they intend to open talks with Elmander regarding a contract extension and Coyle admits he is keen to see the Swedish striker stay.

"I think everyone is aware that Johan's contract expires at the end of the season, but we will continue to have dialogue," he said.

"I'm very comfortable with the situation because of the relationship I have with Johan, we speak every day.

"He's well within his rights to play it out however he wants, I have no problem with that, but what I do know, and he knows as well, is that he has a manager who believes in him and he is probably enjoying his football more than he ever has done.

"He's the only one who can answer that question, but it's fair to say we would love him to stay at the football club. In time we will see if that is the case."