Owen Coyle - Should he stay or should he go?

by Simon Lillicrap / 17 February 2017, 10:30

Owen Coyle is coming under immense pressure at the helm of Blackburn Rovers. According to the Daily Mail, Rovers are considering sacking the 50-year-old as they sink towards League One. But, should they give the Scot a chance to turn it around? We analyse the facts.

Blackburn have won just two of their last 13 Championship games which has seen them slide down to 23rd in the table. This weekend offers the club a brief respite as they host Manchester United in the FA Cup, but thoughts will instantly turn back to the league if they are eliminated this weekend.

Coyle has a win percentage at Blackburn of 30.56% which is the second worst of his career. His record at Wigan was slightly worse, however he was only in charge they’re for 23 games. The FA Cup run may have seen him hold his position for a little longer as he has won just seven of his 31 league games in charge.

According to our poll 72% of fans want him to go:

But, what have we learnt from other Championship clubs changing or sticking with their gaffers...

Norwich are a prime example of how an under-pressure manager can turn things around given time. Fans were calling for Alex Neil’s head following a poor run of form at the end of 2016. The Canaries are now unbeaten in six games and lie in seventh place just four points off the play-offs. Perhaps Owen Coyle could take inspiration from the turnaround in East Anglia.

Aston Villa are another relegated side who took a different approach to Norwich. Roberto Di Matteo was sacked following a poor start to the season and Steve Bruce was hired. It seemed a good choice as their form picked up but since then they have not won in 2017 and now lie 16th in the league.

Blackburn may not have the riches of these two clubs and the owners are rumoured to have caused difficulties for Coyle during the transfer window but his side should be doing better.

Stay tuned.


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