Blackburn Rovers Sack Owen Coyle

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 21 February 2017, 16:00

Owen Coyle has become the Championship’s 11th managerial casualty of the campaign after Blackburn Rovers sent him packing.

The likes of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, Kenny Jackett, Steve Cotterill and Dougie Freedman, and Tim Sherwood have emerged as the early favourites in the Next Blackburn Rovers Manager Market.

Last week rumours were rife that Coyle would be sacked before the club’s FA Cup fifth round clash with Man Utd, however in the end nothing materialised and Rovers went on to push their Premier League opponents all the way in a narrow 2-1 defeat at Ewood Park.

However, less than 48 hours later and the Lancashire outfit have decided to pull the plug on Coyle’s tenure after just 37 matches, leaving Rovers 23rd in the Championship and three points adrift of safety with 15 games remaining.

Coyle replaced Paul Lambert back in June in an appointment that caused huge controversy as he'd previously taken charge of the club's rivals Burnley, along with the likes of nearby Bolton and Wigan.

Coyle endured a torrid start to life at Rovers, failing to win any of his opening seven league games, and their form has been sporadic ever since that first victory in mid-September.

Now, after just eight-and-a-half-months, Coyle exits with his head in his hands, with a win percentage of just 29%.

The club’s assistant manager Sandy Stewart, first team coach John Henry and goalkeeping coach Phil Hughes have also departed.

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