Bolton Wanderers are expected to make a formal approach to Burnley on Monday asking for permission to speak to manager Owen Coyle.
Bolton have identified Coyle as the man they want to take over from Gary Megson who was sacked last week.
There has been a dialogue between the two clubs over the situation but as yet, no official approach.
Coyle didn’t speak to the media after Burnley’s FA Cup tie at the weekend and it seems he hasn’t ruled out a return to Bolton for whom he played for nearly 3 seasons during the 1990’s.
His link with the club would make his a more popular appointment than was Megson who endured a difficult reign at the Reebok Stadium before being dismissed after the 2 – 2 draw at home to Hull City.
The one stumbling block could be the amount of compensation that Burnley will ask for. There is believed to be a clause in Coyle’s contract which will require any club looking to secure his services to shell out a figure of around £3 million.