Dynamo set to hire former EPL manager Coyle

The Houston Dynamo has announced a press conference for Tuesday to announce its new head coach. According to multiple reports, Owen Coyle, the former manager at Burnley, Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic, will be named to replace Dominic Kinnear, who returned to San Jose to coach the Earthquakes. He is only the second coach with English Premier League managerial experience to be named an MLS head coach.

Update: Coyle was confirmed as Dynamo head coach.

Like Kinnear, Coyle is Scottish-born but played for Ireland in a 22-year playing career that took him to 12 clubs, 11 in Scotland. He coached in Scotland at Falkirk and St. Johnstone before moving to England.

He helped Burnley win promotion to the Premier League for the first time ever in 2009 but left in January 2010 to take charge at Bolton Wanderers, which he helped keep in the EPL in 2010. It was relegated in 2012 and he left two months in the 2012-13 season in the League Championship. He spent five months at Wigan in place of Roberto Martinez after it too was relegated in 2013.

Coyle knows MLS and the Dynamo well, having made Stuart Holden, another Scottish-born player, from Houston one of his first signings at Bolton. Holden thrived under Coyle at Bolton until a series of knee injuries wracked his career. He later added a second MLS product, Tim Ream.

Coyle is credited with having a big impact on the careers of English stars Daniel Sturridge and Jack Wilshire.

Ruud Gullit is the only other MLS coach with EPL experience, having managed Chelsea and Newcastle United. He only lasted briefly as the coach of the LA Galaxy in 2008.

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3 comments about "Dynamo set to hire former EPL manager Coyle".
  1. Albert Harris, December 9, 2014 at 9:39 a.m.

    Because British managers have such a wonderful record of achievement in MLS, right? Is this just another example of worshiping all things British because they invented the game? Just ask them. Apparently because he cherry picked 2 Yanks while managing in England, that makes him an expert on American soccer. He may do a great job but I really wonder if he was the best available or just had the "proper" accent.

  2. Noe Bastidas, December 9, 2014 at 10:28 a.m.

    Where is the focus on developing American soccer managers in the same way we are trying to focus on developing American soccer players?!? Clowns. Sorry....bloody clowns.

  3. Edgar Aldana, December 9, 2014 at 11:50 a.m.

    Do we not learn? We seem to have this love for the things that dont work well and British style soccer is one of them even they are working on changing how they play. It's not effective and very unattractive, we keep talking about finding a style that works for us but guess what we keep hirering what doesnt work, who are these clowns that havent figured it out yet.

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