Wigan Chairman Dave Whelan last night revealed that Owen Coyle has a clause in his contract that would release him from his Wigan deal if Celtic made an approach.

Owen Coyle famously turned down the chance to speak to Celtic 24 hours after he had lead Burnely to the Premiership. Talks that could have seen him replace Gordon Strachan as Celtic manager. Instead he took Burnley to the promise land only to leave them half way through the season for Bolton Wanderers.

After getting relegated to the Championship with Bolton, Coyle was subsequently sacked and remained unemployed until this summer when he took the reigns at the DW stadium but not before making sure he had his get out clause.

Whelan said

“You never know. One thing Owen said to me when I gave him the job was ‘If Celtic ever come in I want the job at Celtic’.”

Neil Lennon won’t go on forever and you can be certain when the Northern Irishman does head off to pastures new that Coyle will be in the frame.

The Wigan boss has also made it onto a list of successors for the Republic of Ireland job should Giovanni Trapattoni leave his post, but former Celtic boss Martin O’Neill seems to be favourite if that does happen.


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