Coyle: Tough Turf Moor night in store

BY foxsports • September 13, 2010

The Lancashire rivals have been drawn together in the Carling Cup meaning a reunion eight months after he left many Clarets supporters seething by walking out of Turf Moor. Coyle still insists he had given his all in his time at Burnley and believes he left the club in good shape, even though they were relegated to the Championship at the end of last season. And while he is ready for a hostile reception, he was quick to pay tribute to the side and the supporters he left behind. "What I would say is I certainly felt it was the toughest draw we could've got in the cup," he told Sky Sports' Goals on Sunday. "When you leave any club you are going to have to go back anyway, but I did believe it would be next year because I believe Burnley are well-equipped to go up into the Premier League. "Their fanbase is incredible. Manchester United are capable of going to Turf Moor and getting beat, they've shown that. But cup football or a night game under the lights at Turf Moor always has a terrific armosphere. "I always go back to that first game in the Premier League when we beat Man United with Robbie Blake's volley; I've played in front of 60,000 or 70,000 people, we've been to Wembley, but the atmosphere that night is the best I've ever known. "It was such a memorable two years and I understand that people were disappointed when we left - because hopefully they appreciate they had a decent manager. But I also hope they will understand that we poured our heart and soul into that club. "Burnley still has a big, big place in my heart, but I accept next week there will be those that weren't happy that I left." Coyle is of course now concerned with keeping Bolton in the Premier League. They avoided the drop with relative ease last season and are sat in mid-table so far this term having lost for the first time at Arsenal on Saturday. But the Scot revealed that although a lack of funds at Burnley was believed to be one of the deciding factors in his decision to move to the Reebok, he admits he is operating on a shoestring budget. "As a manager of a football club I always look to improve that club on a year-by-year basis," he said. "Some years it will be easier than others because of finances, but we haven't really had any real finance as we call it in terms of the Premier League because this summer we had no players out of contract. "So, the only real money we have invested is in young Marcos Alonso from Real Madrid and we've balanced that out with the sale of Chris Basham to Blackpool and the loan of (Ali) Al Habsi to Wigan. "In essence I've not spent any money since I came in in January. We've bought Chris Holden from America on a Bosman, Jack Wilshere on loan from Arsenal and Wladimir Veiss from Manchester City on loan and we managed to keep Bolton in the Premier League without spending any money. "Again, we've had to be creative in the summer, but next year it might be different - there might be better finance - and we will look to improve again. I've always said I'll look to do the best with the money we have available and we'll look to do that again with some Bosman signings."


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