Bikey: Coyle key for Clarets

Defender Andre Bikey has admitted that manager Owen Coyle is key to Burnley's continued success amid ongoing speculation about his Turf Moor future.

Coyle is believed to be Bolton's preferred candidate to replace the sacked Gary Megson in the Reebok Stadium hot-seat.

The former Bolton striker has pledged his future to the Clarets but the speculation surrounding his future refuses to go away.

The 43-year-old Scot guided the Turf Moor outfit into the Premier League last season and Cameroon defender Bikey – who he signed in August 2009 – is hoping the highly-rated manager remains with the Lancashire club.

"No-one has spoken about it," he said."He's shown that he is a good manager. That's why Burnley got promotion.

"He gives us a lot of motivation and we hope that he will keep us going forward because the most important thing is the Premier League."

Meanwhile, Bikey is hoping to keep in touch with events at Turf Moor despite being away on African Cup of Nations duty with Cameroon.

"I'm happy because my last game with the team was positive and now I can look forward to the African Cup," he continued.

"I have to think about that but Burnley is my team and I will be getting information on Burnley every time."

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