Caldwell - Tough for Coyle
Burnley captain Steven Caldwell admits Owen Coyle faced a 'tough decision' following Celtic's interest.
Last Updated: 28/05/09 8:10am
Burnley captain Steven Caldwell admits Owen Coyle faced a 'tough decision' over whether to stay at Turf Moor or take over at Celtic.
Reports in Scotland claim Coyle has turned down the chance to discuss the opportunity to replace Gordon Strachan as manager of the Old Firm giants.
Coyle has consistently played down rumours about a switch to Celtic since guiding Burnley into the Premier League earlier in the week.
Caldwell, whose brother Gary plays for the Bhoys, is not surprised by Celtic's interest in Coyle, but is happy his manager is staying with the Clarets.
"I sincerely hoped Owen would've stayed with us, but I also understood he's hot property and that's the price we'd have had to pay for the success of Burnley this season," Caldwell told the Daily Record.
"It's no surprise Celtic were looking at him. When a club their size asks for you it's so difficult to say no. It's the same with Rangers - the Old Firm are two massive clubs.
"There's the challenge of the SPL title race every season as well as the opportunity to play Champions League football.
"I could never speak for Owen and say what he should do, but I knew he'd do what's right for himself.
"It was a difficult decision because I know Celtic are one of the world's biggest clubs and everyone wants to go there, player or manager.
"However, I always hoped he'd stay with Burnley. You mention stadia such as Old Trafford, the Emirates and Anfield and your mouth immediately waters as you realise we're about to enter the greatest league in the world, without question.
"He has the chance to test himself against the best coaches and the best teams next season. That's why it was such a tough decision to make."