First team coach Steve Davis has been placed in charge for Saturday’s visit of Stoke City.

Davis was rumoured to be linking up with Owen Coyle at the Reebok but it seems like he will stay at least until a new manager is appointed.

Chairman Barry Kilby said: “The backroom staff will take the team on Saturday. Steve will be in charge.”

Coyle’s assistant, Sandy Stewart, is not expected to be at the match, having been sent by Coyle to take the post-match press conference at MK Dons and deny any knowledge of Bolton’s approach, even though Gartside and Coyle are rumoured to have already been in contact before the game.

Kilby continued: “We are all grown men, but it was quite emotional when Owen left, he has a big affection for this club.

“I fully expected when he did move it would be upwards, not sideways to a club we are fighting a relegation scrap with. We were surprised.

“But I have been in football long enough to know these things happen and I don’t think Owen took this decision lightly.

Kilby then confirmed that the search for Coyle’s replacement is underway.

“We have got to get going. Let’s put this behind us and make sure we stay in this Premier League. We have to see who is out there. We need to get this one sorted out as soon as we can.”