It's all change at the Reebok
OWEN Coyle has wasted no time in stamping his own mark on the Reebok.
The new boss is preparing to make major changes to his backroom staff, with four of his former Burnley associates tipped to join him at Wanderers early this week.
Turf Moor assistant Sandy Stewart is in line to come in as Coyle’s number two, with Steve Davis and John Henry set to replace Steve Wigley and Alan Cork, who both left their posts with the Whites yesterday.
Burnley have also confirmed that goalkeeping coach Phil Hughes has left the club, although it has not yet been confirmed by Wanderers that he will come in to replace the long-serving Fred Barber.
Similar question marks hang over the future of caretaker manager Chris Evans, who will meet with Coyle this morning to officially hand over the reins.
Clarets chief scout Cliff Roberts also announced that he was leaving Turf Moor yesterday after six years but it is not yet clear whether he will be drafted into the scouting department at Euxton.
Wanderers are yet to ratify any appointment but in a statement released on their official website yesterday, Burnley confirmed that both Davis – who had been placed in temporary charge of the club following Coyle’s departure – and Hughes would be Reebok-bound.
“Burnley Football Club can today confirm that first-team coach Steve Davis and goalkeeping coach Phil Hughes have left Turf Moor,” it read.
“Both coaches are understood to be joining Owen Coyle’s new management team at Bolton Wanderers.
“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, Danny Shittu is expected to remain in Angola for the African Nations Cup despite the tragic events of Friday night, which saw three members of the Togo national team party killed during a gun attack.
The Whites defender is in line to feature for Nigeria, who face Egypt in Group C tomorrow night.
Following the incident, chairman Phil Gartside contacted the centre-half to check on his safety and state of mind, but is not considering calling him back to England as any such move would have to be sanctioned by the Premier League.