I can't believe the reaction that got. Wow, I was trying to suggest that Coyle wants to go for an English, or at least European core to the squad. The African/Middle Eastern/South American players are not targeted at all. That may be a strategy, and theres nowt wrong with that, but it just seems European, and particularly English, players, are relatively overpriced, and therefore clubs with less spending money need to be targeting foreign players from further afar. What exactly is disgusting about proposing a hypothesis like that? Dalglish clearly is pursuing the same strategy, hence he paid 20 million for Jordan Henderson when he wouldn't be worth 5 if he wasn't English.
You lot really need to get out more if you find that disgusting/insulting/whatever.
I didn't consider the hypothesis that there actually other people apart from Coyle that thought Al Habsi wasn't by far a better keeper than Jussi and Bogdan and this season was no time to be pissing about blooding a youngster. Apparently other people feel the same, and they all live in Bolton. Again, try asking a Wigan fan if they'd swap Al Habsi for Jussi or Bogdan. That'd be the Wigan who had safety assured courtesy of an Alcaraz goal, the South American Alcaraz. We have how many South Americans? Coyle is targeting more expensive leagues, and I don't think Bolton can afford to do that.
British clubs will always have a larger European contingency due to government immigration rules. It is quite difficult to bring South American players to this country unless they are well established (out of our price range usually), or have dual nationality. Wigan have a more established scouting network in that part of the world than we do that goes back quite a few years. You could argue we have a better North American scouting network than Wigan. Does that make Martinez crap for not signing Holden or Ream?
For budgetary and possibly idealistic reasons he is trying to buy young players that are not proven yet. This means buying European for work permit reasons.
We didn't piss about blooding Bogdan. Jussi, who was our number one at the time was unable to play. Bogdan did what number 2s do, step up. He had a horror show that day but showed real character to overcome it. He has a way to go, but he has deservedly kept the jersey in my view. Time will tell, but I think Al Habsi has already displayed his best. Bogdan I don't think has.
Comparing to Dalglish is a bit non-sensical. He was sacked earlier btw.
As for your comment in thew original post. You suggested that Coyle sold Al Habsi and kept the 2 European keepers for racial reasons. What is there not to take issue about a statement like that?
Yo are right that British players are over-priced. This is nothing new. I think Coyle needs to find a balance between younger players and some experience, If he retains Davies and Ricketts then I think that gives us that. I'm looking forward to the coming season more than I have done in many years. I'm looking forward to seeing what some of our younger players can do rather than seeing some of the oldies ...