Owen Coyle back in management with Ross County

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 28 September 2017, 09:37

Owen Coyle has been appointed manager of Scottish Premier League side Ross County after signing a two-year deal with the club.

The move is quite the surprise given Coyle’s fondness for the North West of England, with the 51-year-old previously managing Burnley, Bolton, Wigan, and most recently Blackburn who sacked him back in February.

With the Oldham vacancy up for grabs following the departure of John Sheridan, many thought that Coyle could crop up at Boundary Park, however this has not been the case with Coyle opting to return to Scotland for the first time in 10 years.

Coyle began his managerial career in 2003 as a co-manager with Falkirk, with whom he was hotly linked with a return, before venturing off to St Johnstone in 2005.

Coyle led the Saints to the Scottish First Division title, while the following season the club reached the Scottish Challenge Cup Final, however he left for Burnley before the final took place (St Johnstone beat Dunfermline 3-2).

Up until now Coyle has not been seen in Scottish football, instead pitching camp in the North West of England with the Clarets, Bolton, Wigan, and Blackburn, while he had a brief spell in America with Houston Dynamo.

Coyle memorably led Burnley up into the Premier League for the first time in the club’s history following a 1-0 win over Sheffield United in the play-off final.

The former Republic of Ireland striker has now decided to return to the dugout with Ross County, who axed Jim McIntrye on Monday with the club one point and one place above the relegation zone in 10th following a return of one point from their last six matches.

Coyle’s first match will be a visit to rock-bottom and winless Kilmarnock on Saturday, with the Staggies priced at 8/5 (Bet Victor) to bag their first league victory since the opening day of the season.

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