2nd-tier Bolton fires manager Coyle

Updated: October 9, 2012, 8:32 AM ET
Associated Press

BOLTON, England -- Bolton has fired manager Owen Coyle after the club's poor start to the second-tier League Championship following its relegation from the Premier League.

Bolton is 18th in the 24-team standings with 11 points from 10 games.

Bolton chairman Phil Gartside said Tuesday "it is the right time for a change."

Coyle was praised for the way he supported Fabrice Muamba after the midfielder suffered an on-field cardiac arrest during an FA Cup match at Tottenham in March.

But his team's 11-year stint in the country's top division came to an end and it has won just three matches this season.

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