Chris Parr, who writes for well-known Wanderers podcast site gives his views on Coyle's departure.

It all started so well. Every football fan loves to get one over on their local rivals, and when Owen Coyle dropped Burnley like a stone to become manager of Bolton in January 2010, Wanderers fans were jubilant.

Here was one of the UK’s brightest and most hotly-tipped young managers leaping at the chance to coach the Trotters. And he was a former player to boot. Marvellous.

For 15 months, he would do little wrong. He even had the audacity to record his first league win as Bolton manager against his former employers, and within his first month in charge had brought in two of the most talented midfielders ever to wear the white of Bolton: Stuart Holden and Jack Wilshere. Oh, and Vladimir Weiss too.

With him came a sense of optimism, and in the next year and a bit, the likable Scot had banished the negativity that had descended on the Reebok in the final throws of Gary Megson’s tenure. Eighteenth when he took over, Coyle ensured Bolton finished his first half-season as gaffer in 14th place - giving me some of my most enjoyable moments as a Bolton fan along the way; not least the 4-0 thrashing of Wigan at the Reebok.

Coyle should be remembered for the 2010/11 season, in which he gave us Bolton fans more fun than we’d had in years.

To name a few moments that had me leaping out of my seat that season: the 4-2 win over Spurs at the Reebok with Petrov only making it safe in the 94th minute; THAT goal by Elmander in the 3-2 win at Wolves; THAT goal by Mark Davies two games later against Blackpool. And between those two games? A 5-1 demolition of Newcastle.

Above all that, however, was the cup run. Chung Yong Lee’s 90th minute winner against Birmingham taking Bolton to Wembley for their first FA Cup semi-final in 11 years was the standout moment of the season - and it was orchestrated by Coyle. We should never forget that.

Nor, it must be said, should we forget what happened next. Stoke 5-0 Bolton. Still - at this point, we thought it was just a blip. But the Whites kept losing. Fifteen miserable losses in 17 league games, in fact, from the end of one season to the start of the next, and the fans started to turn.

Many people point to the Hull game in 2009, when Bolton were 2-0 up and were pegged back to 2-2, as the moment when Megson lost the Bolton job. For me, I felt the writing was on the wall for Coyle when he managed the same feat against West Brom towards the end of last season. Two goals up with 15 minutes to play when a win would, ultimately, have kept us up.

Since then, it’s been borrowed time. Burnley’s revenge at the start of this season, the first in a series of failings away from home, left me - along with thousands of other fans - asking why we were struggling to make an impact in the Championship after 11 years at the top.

There are too many Coyle questions unanswered. Why do we appear to have no plan B if things go badly? Why did we buy Marvin Sordell halfway through a relegation fight season and not play him? Why can we not defend set pieces? Why are so many of his signings either underperforming, or not on the pitch? What does he say at half time?

It’s easy to ask these questions, and I’m not pretending to have the answers. But I do know that although every Bolton fan truly wanted Owen Coyle to become a legendary Bolton manager, few will disagree that he has had his chance, and blown it. Goodbye Owen - thanks for the memories.