Owen Coyle has been speaking to The Bolton News about his failed attempt to lure Wilfried Zaha to The Reebok Stadium in January, stating that there were no sour grapes on his part when negotiations broke down.
“There are a list of admirers and understandably so, he’s a great talent. When we tried to sign him last season the Palace chairman put up a price he felt was fair. That’s his prerogative because he’s the one who pays the bills and puts the money up.
They decided they wanted x-amount of money, which was in excess of where we were. I’m not sure whether that was still the case in the summer or not, but talent like his is at a premium and if Palace think he can get better – and they have a few others of that ilk as well – then that’s great. It doesn’t surprise me there was lots of interest but Dougie looks after his young players and I’m sure the right time will come where the right move comes his way.”
It’s no secret that there is a huge amount of interest in Zaha and as such, there will inevitably be quite a few managers asked for their thoughts on him as the season progresses but it’s good to see such a dignified answer from Coyle, in stark contrast to the unprofessional manner in which Roberto Martinez chose to answer a similar question a week or so ago.
Managers these days are well versed in the way journalists work and will be more than aware of the fact that their quotes are likely to be taken out of context unless they are truly categorical in their meaning, which leads me to believe that Martinez was fully aware of how his comments would be interpreted when he made them, hence the agry reaction from Steve Parish upon their publication.
Speaking of which, The Bolton News don’t appear to be too hot on current footballing affairs, claiming that Simon Jordan was the chairman who turned down Bolton’s bid. Considering he’s not held the role of chairman since the January of 2010,it’s fair to say they could do with a better fact checker.