More departures at Turf Moor

Burnley's problems have taken a turn for the worse after first-team coach Steve Davis and goalkeeping coach Phil Hughes left Turf Moor so that they could join former Clarets boss Owen Coyle at Bolton Wanderers.

Davis had been placed in caretaker charge of the first team after Coyle was unveiled as Bolton's new manager on Friday.

A brief statement on Burnley's official website read: "The officials of Burnley Football Club would like to place on record their thanks to Steve and Phil for their services to the club and contribution to our success."

Meanwhile, veteran midfielder Graham Alexander believes the team will avoid an immediate return to the Championship despite the last week's upheaval.

He said:"I was gutted when Owen left to be honest and I think most of the players were disappointed. The two years he was here we had a fantastic time.

"We thought he'd be our manager for the rest of the season at least. Deep down I didn't think he'd go to Bolton but everyone has their own choices to make in life.

"But the players have got to put it to bed now. He was the manager for a great two-year period but there are a lot of players and people behind the scenes who had a lot to do with that as well and they are still here."

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