Coyle: Hodgson exit will give Baggies boost

Sat, 05 May 13:46:18 2012

Bolton boss Owen Coyle is not convinced his side's chances of overcoming West Brom have been boosted by Roy Hodgson's appointment as England manager.

Wanderers host an Albion team who are coming to terms with the news that broke earlier this week about their head coach Hodgson, who will leave them at the end of the season to take up his new post with the Three Lions.

The effect that may have on the Baggies - who are in the comfort of mid-table in the Barclays Premier League - remains to be seen, although QPR manager Mark Hughes has expressed his concern, saying he was "a little bit disappointed" the Football Association made a public move for Hodgson during the midst of the relegation run-in.

With Bolton, in 18th, and 17th-placed QPR currently separated by goal difference alone with two games left to go each, a below-par display by West Brom at the Reebok Stadium could have a major impact on the battle to beat the drop. But asked how he thought the news about Hodgson might affect the way Albion play, Coyle said: "I don't see why it would be a hindrance.

"I would love it to be, but I don't see why. They have the England manager now, he is an outstanding man and they have very good players.

"But we have to focus on what we can do at Bolton and make sure we get to our best. If we do that, we have shown that we can win points and win games."


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