Former Burnley manager Owen Coyle named new Chennaiyin head coach

Two-time Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) champions, Chennaiyin FC have named former Burnley and Bolton Wanderers manager, Owen Coyle as their head coach for the remainder of the ongoing season. The 53-year-old comes with tons of experience at the top level, having played and represented teams from the top division of English and Scottish football.

As a player, Coyle enjoyed a stellar career as a striker that lasted more than two decades, wherein he scored more than 300 goals for the likes of Bolton, Motherwell FC and Dundee United.

His first taste of management came in 2007 with Scottish club, St. Johnstone FC. An impressive tally of 19 wins and 8 draws in 36 matches prompted English club, Burnley FC to hire Coyle as their new head coach. The club would reap rewards of that decision a season later, as the Irishmen would guide the Clarets to the Premier League in 2009, beating Sheffield United 1-0 in the playoff final.

Later, Coyle moved to Bolton in 2010, staying just under three years at the club and managing them in 125 matches. A short stint at Wigan Athletic and then Major League Soccer (MLS) outfit, Houston Dynamos followed thereafter for the former Republic of Ireland international.

In the summer of 2016, Coyle moved back to England with Blackburn Rovers, following which he returned to Scotland to take over at Ross County in September 2017. The Irishmen usually prefers operating in a narrow 4-4-2, although he has more than a few variations to his tactics.

The Marina Machans will be hoping that the 53-year-old’s experience helps them attain their objectives in Hero ISL 2019-20. Coyle’s first game in-charge of the club will be away to Jamshedpur at the JRD Tata Sports Complex on December 9. Currently in ninth with just five points on the board, the two-time champions will be hoping for a fast start under their new head coach.

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