Manager Candidiates: Owen Coyle


Owen Coyle is an interesting name. To my knowledge, he has yet to be linked through any media sources, but several fans spotted him in the Union’s club box watching a match with Nick Sak. This would suggest that he is another candidate. So who is Owen Coyle?

Owen Coyle

Best known for: His stints at Burnley and Bolton.


2003: Falkirk

2005-2007: St. Johnstone

2007-2010: Burnley

2010-2012: Bolton Wanderers

2013: Wigan


  • Coyle is the type of manager who puts his heart and soul into the team and manages with passion and confidence.
  • A former striker, Coyle likes to attack.
  • He was successful at Scottish First Division side St. Johnstone. Under him, St. Johnstone made it to the semi-finals of the Scottish League Cup and the Scottish Cup, beating Rangers at Ibrox in the former.
  • He had terrific success at Burnley, winning promotion to the Premier League in 2009. Coyle’s side knocked Chelsea and Arsenal out of the League Cup to make it to the quarterfinals. His side lost 4-1 in the first leg before mounting a 3-0 comeback at home to take the game to extra time. A Tottenham goal in the final minutes of extra time knocked Burnley out of the tournament.
  • Coyle took bottom three Bolton to 14th when hired. In 2010-2011, he took Bolton to the semi-finals of the FA Cup and to 14th on the table.
  • Coyle previously had a shining reputation. He turned down a job offer from Celtic and was linked with a move to Liverpool.
  • He signed US National Teamers Stuart Holden and Tim Ream.
  • Offered fantastic support for Fabrice Muamba after his cardiac arrest on the pitch.


  • Owen Coyle is a foreign manager. He would face many of the same problems as Meulensteen.
  • Coyle’s past few years have been dreadful. His 2011-2012 Bolton side was relegated from the Premier League. To be fair to him, Bolton was ravished with injuries. Holden received a terrible injury that started the chain of injuries that leads to today. Muamba had a cardiac arrest on the field. Bolton had a very unlucky year. Still, Coyle was unable to stop the freefall.
  • Fired after a few months at Wigan. Anyone who followed Roberto Martinez was going to have a rough time, and he was never fully accepted by the fans. He, also, had to replace a dozen player exits with a dozen new players. On top of this, Wigan was competing in the Europa Cup despite playing in the Championship, adding to the number of games being played. His group of players ended up finishing 5th under a new manager.
  • Coyle was unable to really establish a  clear style in how Wigan played. What I read sounds eerily similar Hack. To play devil’s advocate, he was working with 12 new players and was trying to shift from a possession oriented team into a more direct team. That takes time. You could make the case he was a casualty of an over-eager owner and fans who never gave him a chance.
  • He seems to be in a free fall ever since Bolton got pounded 5-0 by Stoke in the FA Cup. Coyle hasn’t found success since that hammering.

Can Owen Coyle bounce back from this hard fall from grace? Can Coyle transfer his cup success to the US Open Cup?


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