Coyle absence downplayed

Owen Coyle remains fully committed to Burnley despite skipping his customary post-match press conference, according to number two Sandy Stewart.

Stewart deputised for the Clarets boss following Saturday's 2-1 FA Cup third round win over MK Dons.

His absence has led to frenzied speculation that he could be on the way to reported suitors Bolton Wanderers.

However, Stewart claims the former Bolton player remains 100 per cent committed to his job at Turf Moor.

He explained:"Owen has not seen his family over Christmas and has to get to a flight to Scotland from Luton.

"If he did all the press he would miss that flight, so there's nothing to read into him not being here.

"The speculation is just the same as the stuff that linked him with the Celtic job in the summer.

"As of now, it remains speculation and until something happens, that's exactly what it is.

"I do know that Owen is very happy at Burnley. We have worked very hard and we think we have done a reasonable job here, so we are quite happy.

"Owen and I have a great partnership and we have worked together at St Johnstone and Burnley.

"Hopefully that partnership will continue and right at this moment in time that's at Burnley Football Club.

"We love it here and we think we are taking the club forward and that's all we are interested in."

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