Moyes backs Coyle to reach top

BY foxsports • February 12, 2011

The Glaswegian pair, two of the Premier League's six managers born in Scotland, face each other on Sunday as the Toffees travel to the Reebok Stadium. Coyle's star has continued to rise this season, with the former Burnley boss following last year's relegation-saving effort by lifting the Trotters - currently eighth - into European contention. Yet it is Moyes' record over almost nine years at Goodison Park, which includes a fourth-place finish and an FA Cup final appearance, that impresses Coyle. "For me he is capable of managing any team in world football," said 44-year-old Coyle. Moyes, three years Coyle's senior, was stunned by such a remark, but was no less complimentary when asked about his countryman. Moyes said: "Was Owen drunk when he said that? "Actually, Owen doesn't drink so I know that can't be right! "It's very kind of him but there are a lot of young, promising managers out there who would like to be given opportunities and I am sure if Owen keeps doing what he is doing, he'll be competing at the highest level. "He already is with what he is doing at Bolton - he will be pleased with the way it is going. "His team are playing great. He took them over in a really difficult position last year and got them away from relegation. "He has had a great year in the job, done really well. "He has had good success, his team is close to the top end of the league and have been close to winning big games." The success of Coyle and Moyes on limited resources at their clubs maintains the excellent reputation of Scottish managers in the English top flight. Following the recent appointments of Kenny Dalglish and Steve Kean at Liverpool and Blackburn respectively, there are now six in the division. Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United and Birmingham's Alex McLeish are the others. Paisley-born Coyle actually represented the Republic of Ireland as a player but there is little doubt he remains a true Scot. Moyes said: "There has certainly been something over the years that has helped produce Scottish managers, and a lot from Glasgow. "There was Jock Stein, Bill Shankly, Sir Matt Busby - you could go on - and then there was another generation of Sir Alex and one or two others. "Now there is another generation of us. "It could be the upbringing and - I'm not just saying this because I am a Scotsman - I think the Scottish coaching courses are fantastic. "I have done the English ones as well and if you ask me to judge the two, the Scottish ones are far superior. "I think over the years the people like Andy Roxburgh, Walter Smith and Sir Alex Ferguson, the staff coaches, have given people like myself great information, helped us develop. "I think there has been a trend of that in Scotland and a good trend of Scottish managers coming down." Bolton's form has dipped after five defeats in seven but it is a sign of the clubs' differing expectations that Everton, just three points behind, are considered to have had a far worse season. Everton secured only their third win in 15 games with victory over Blackpool last week. Moyes said: "Owen has been looking up most of the year. They've been there, we've not been. "We've been looking a lot higher than that, trying to catch them up. "Teams like Bolton have done great but they are always going to have a period when things maybe just go through a difficult spell. "But they have certainly consolidated as a club. They have been in the Premier League about 10 years now and certainly kept their heads above water. They have really progressed." Everton are without their four-goal hero from last week's pulsating 5-3 defeat of Blackpool, Louis Saha, who has a hamstring injury. The Frenchman could also miss next week's FA Cup replay at Chelsea while midfielder Jack Rodwell will be out for four or five weeks with a groin problem.


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