Wednesday, November 21, 2007
St Johnstone to fight for compensation for Coyle
Burnley have been given the go-ahead to open talks with St Johnstone manager Owen Coyle about the Turf Moor vacancy.
The clubs have agreed on a compensation settlement for the 41-year-old former
Republic of Ireland striker who has made an encouraging start to his management
Coyle will tomorrow hold discussions with the Clarets who parted company with
former boss Steve Cotterill earlier this month.
St Johnstone secretary Stewart Duff said: 'Burnley have increased
their offer of compensation to a level which is acceptable to us and as such
they have permission to talk to Owen Coyle.'
Duff refused to give details of the compensation payment, however the Irn-Bru
First Division side were believed to be seeking £150,000.
The timing for Saints is unfortunate, as they prepare to face Dunfermline in
Sunday's SFL Challenge Cup final.
Duff said: 'It doesn't help, but c'est la vie.'
Coyle led Saints to last season's Scottish Cup semi-finals, and they only
missed out on promotion to the Clydesdale Bank Premier League when Gretna scored
a last-gasp winner at Ross County on the final day of the campaign.
He previously had a short spell in charge of Falkirk, where he and John Hughes
were co-managers in 2003.
A statement on Burnley's official website read: 'Burnley Football Club has
today been granted permission to negotiate with St Johnstone manager Owen Coyle
over the vacancy at Turf Moor.
'A compensation package has been agreed between the two clubs if Coyle is
appointed and he will now travel for talks on Thursday morning.'