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Dec 10, 2006
Excuse the rambling, I have a soft spot for Burnley....

Owen Coyle to Bolton. If there ever was a mismatch made in heaven then this is it.

Up until a few years ago Southend v Burnley was a regular fixture. Dour and difficult to play away and we'd look to get points off them at home. Yet I always had a bit of respect for them. They always had a a large fanbase because their dads, their grandads and their great grandads used to support them because once upon a time probably during or even before the war they were a top league team and as a club they were, well, old, and they had five generations of familiies saying that one day they'd come back. Such blind faith was kind of touching.

Well under Coyle they've done it. And they've done it in the best possible way, by playing footballl and having a fantastic team spirit, by beating some of the best teams in the land and beating them fair and square. No hoofball. No John Beck-esque percentages, just pass to feet attacking football based on limited players playing as a team.

Which makes his immintent move to Bolton more mystyfing. Bolton. Hateful bunch of *******s who wrecked Southend highstreet and seafront once. Hoofball experts who only ever appear on the final game of the MOTD highlights. A team whose departure from the premier league would after several seasons would go largely unnoticed. And more importantly a team who are two points behind Burnley.

Away from home Burnley are going to get spanked. But one defeat in 10 at home backed by a vocafarous crowd in a fantastic old stadium means that the two remaining relegation places after Portsmouth will go to either a Hull team that have hardly won a match in a year, a West Ham team that'll probably be forced to sell their East End grandparents to stay afloat (gawd bless 'em) or a team whose glory years under Allardyce are well and truly behind them.

From a fan who has seen greed rob his team's chance of top league glory, don't go Owen. You keep Burnley up, Bolton will go down, you'll get bigger and better offers in the summer, they'll put a statue of you up at Turf Moor and you won't make the biggest mistake of your career. If you chase the money you lose the dream. Just ask Judas Fry.