Owen Coyle has become the second Championship manager to lose his job this season following Bolton’s poor start to the new campaign. The Scot leaves the club hovering dangerously above the relegation zone after losing half of the opening 10 league games. Attention will now immediately turn to Coyle’s replacement at the Reebok Stadium, with Mick McCarthy the early favourite in the Next Bolton Manager Odds market.
The international break means the club’s hierarchy have time to fully focus on Coyle’s successor before Bolton are back in action at home to Bristol City on October 20th. McCarthy is an appealing option having led both Sunderland and Wolves to promotion. The former Republic of Ireland boss is currently out of work and will most definitely attract a lot of attention over the next few days. Ole Gunnar Solksjaer is once again in the mix for an English managerial vacancy but he is likely to stay with Norwegian side Molde in order to continue his development as a manager.
Other contenders for the job at this early stage include Bolton's caretaker manager Sammy Lee, Graeme Souness, Alan Curbishley, Alex McLeish and Billy Davies. Reports are also linking Roy Keane with a move to the Reebok Stadium. Keane led Sunderland to the Premier League back in 2007 and could become a leading contender over the next couple of days.