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Coyle set to be a loan ranger

17 June 2013

New Wigan manager Owen Coyle intends to exploit the Premier League loan system to get the Latics straight back into the top flight.

Coyle was finally unveiled as Roberto Martinez's successor on Monday afternoon. Merely by walking past the FA Cup on his way to the press conference room where he met the media, the Scot was reminded of Martinez's greatest achievement in his four years at the helm.

Coyle confirmed work on the club's first Championship campaign in nine years has already begun, having enjoyed success at Bolton in seasons gone by thanks to the short-term arrivals of Jack Wilshere and Daniel Sturridge. "I am very fortunate that elite managers trust me with their players," said Coyle.

"They know they are sending them to someone who coaches their players very well, who would improve them and give them the platform to play. I have already touched base with a number and it is a market I will look to utilise."

Coyle is preparing for a season which, including Europa League commitments and the Community Shield encounter with Manchester United at Wembley on August 11, will have a minimum of 55 matches. Little wonder both Coyle and chairman Dave Whelan have spoken of the need to strengthen.

And whilst Whelan insists there will be no change to the prudent philosophy that has characterised his decade at the helm, he has promised his new manager that the money generated from player sales will be handed over for new signings.

"We don't go into football to lose money," he said. "We were one of the few clubs to make a profit last year and we stay within the limits of what we can and cannot do. But I have promised Owen every transfer fee will go straight back out for spending out on the football field.

"That is what we believe in.

"The intention is to get back in the Premier League. It may take two years. It may take three. It might take longer."

Coyle has been out of the game since October when Bolton sacked him and he admits he turned down other offers to return to management because he did not think they were right for him.

"I felt it was important that when it (a job offer) came along I didn't take a job for the sake of taking it, which I could have," he said. "I felt it was important I took the right job, which I think Wigan Athletic is."

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