By Nick Teale
Owen Coyle will take charge of his first game as Bolton manager when Arsenal travel to Reebok Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
He takes over from Gary Megson who was sacked at the end of December, and as Marc Iles of the Bolton Evening News explains, the Trotters got their man.
THE NEW MAN IN CHARGE
"He is the popular appointment among the fans. As soon as Gary Megson was sacked a lot of fans thought that Coyle would be the ideal man to rejuvenate the atmosphere around the club. He's quite realistic and knows that he is not going to be able to wave a magic wand and have Bolton playing like Brazil. He's talked up Arsenal quite a lot this week and their style of play and Arsène Wenger's ethos. Ideally, he wants to move towards a more free-flowing style of play but he's got the players who played under Sam Allardyce, Sammy Lee and Gary Megson and they played a more direct style of football."
"There won't be an immediate change in tactics. I'm sure everyone will be out there trying to impress the new manager and I feel that under Megson this season they played slightly better football. I think he was trying to introduce a better brand of football with players who are more comfortable on the ball. The results didn't come but I'm sure the players will be fired up to show that style can work in the future and they can be a part of it."
"He's currently got an American international midfielder called Stuart Holden on trial. He was voted the Most Valuable Player in the MLS last season at Houston Dynamos. Bolton have been missing a player who can pull the strings in midfield and that might explain the appearance of Holden this week. He's a player who is comfortable on either foot and playing the ball around the midfield and I think that's what Bolton will need if they're to move to a more controlled style of play."
THE STORY SO FAR
"They've been very inconsistent. They only won eight League games in 2009, which is relegation form and exactly why Gary Megson found himself out of a job. The general mood is that the squad at present isn't a bottom-three squad and are capable of more. There's a general feeling of frustration that things haven't worked out."
IMPRESSIONS OF ARSENAL
"Coyle acknowledges that Arsenal are probably the best team in the Premier League at what they do, but he says that there is a way of combating that. His Burnley side managed a draw against them last month and he looked at the way Everton got close to Arsenal last weekend, especially in the midfield. I think he knows Bolton's players have always been happy to run around and work hard and he'll be looking to use that to make sure Arsenal don't have it all their own way at the Reebok."