Phil Gartside: Owen Coyle can manage at the very top

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Bolton Wanderers chairman Phil Gartside believes Owen Coyle is good enough to succeed in one of the game's top jobs.

Coyle has guided Wanderers to just one defeat in their first seven matches of the campaign after earlier in his career presiding over Burnley's unlikely promotion to the Premier League.

Gartside admitted:"Working with Owen is a pleasure. He's different to what we've had before. He's a young manager who wants to learn and I'm sure we'll have many years together. He's a good guy to work with.

"If he did get those kinds of accolades, then it means he's done really well at Bolton. I hope he does really well and, in five years' time, people are talking about him for other jobs because that means he's done really well with us.

"Owen deserves success because he's a hard-working guy who wants to learn and, if he thinks there's somewhere beyond here, not forgetting he turned Celtic down to come to Bolton, I still think we've got a number of years before he takes over at Barcelona or Real Madrid.

"He could win championships every year with them but I think we're a long way from that."

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