Owen Coyle chosen as John Gregory's successor by Chennaiyin
Coyle's stint as the Chennaiyin manager will begin with a challenging trip to Jamshedpur FC
Indian Super League side Chennaiyin FC (CFC) have announced Owen Coyle as their new Head Coach. The 53-year-old Scot, a former English Premier League manager with Burnley and Bolton Wanderers, joins CFC on a contract till the end of the season.
"I am incredibly proud to join Chennaiyin FC as Head Coach. It will be my immense privilege to join a club with so much success already in its early history with two ISL titles. I believe we possess a squad with great potential and the hunger to do well, complimented by an ardent fanbase always backing us. I can't wait to get started," said Coyle to CFC media team.
"Owen (Coyle) is a renowned name in British football, with a fantastic career as both player and coach. We are really happy and excited to have him onboard. Our conversations with Owen have been really promising and we are certain he will steer us back to glory. I wish him the very best as he begins his tenure with us," said the Chennaiyin FC co-owners.
Coyle had an impressive career as a striker with the likes of English Premier League Bolton Wanderers along with Dundee United and Motherwell in the Scottish top flight among other clubs. He has scored more than 300 goals in his entire playing career and has also appeared at the international level with the Republic of Ireland.
His initial coaching assignments were in Scotland with Falkirk, St. Johnstone and former club Airdrie United before moving to Burnley in the English Championship. He won them promotion to the English Premier League in his first season in-charge, beating Sheffield United in the 2008-09 Play-Off Final at Wembley.
After a two-and-a-half years at Burnley, Coyle went on to become Bolton manager in January 2010. A tenacious EPL outfit under Coyle, Bolton also reached the FA Cup semis in his first season in-charge. The manager arguably had the best of his career with Wanderers where his hard-hitting, direct style of football won them a lot of fans.
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Awarded the Premier League Manager of the Month thrice, he later moved to Wigan Athletic in the English Championship in 2013, followed by a first stint outside Europe with Houston Dynamos in USA's Major League Soccer (MLS) in December 2014.
He then returned to the English Championship with Blackburn Rovers in 2016. That was followed by a short spell at Ross County in Scotland before his first move now to Asia in 2019, at the helm of the two-time Hero Indian Super League champions Chennaiyin. CFC will be hoping the Coyle can steady the ship and keep their playoff hopes alive in the upcoming games.
Chennai fans however might not be in for a change in football philosophy with Coyle expected to stick to the same 'English' style of Gregory. His CFC stint will begin with a challenging trip to Jamshedpur FC on Monday 9th December 2019 at the JRD Tata Sports Complex.