OWEN Coyle was last night ruled out of the running for the Burnley job by Turf Moor chief executive Lee Hoos.
The former Wanderers boss surprisingly emerged as the unlikely favourite for a return to his former club after Eddie Howe quit to join Bournemouth a few hours earlier.
But Hoos quickly put an end to any talk of a comeback, making reference to the "very bitter aftertaste" to Coyle's departure from Burnley before joining Wanderers.
Hoos told BBC Radio Lancashire: "Obviously I wasn't there when the whole Owen Coyle saga happened.
"But I got enough feedback to know that there was a very bitter aftertaste, and I just couldn't see a way back for that one.
"It has to be the right person - the right man for right job at the right time."
It is understood Wanderers would not stand in Coyle's way should the situation change and there became an opportunity for him to link up with his former club.