ISL: Who is Chennaiyin FC's new head coach Owen Coyle?
Former Indian Super League (ISL) champions Chennaiyin FC, have roped in Scottish coach Owen Coyle as their new head coach, after parting ways with John Gregory. As the club looks to resurrect its campaign in the ongoing season, Coyle's rich managerial experience could certainly be of great help. Here are further details on him and his appointment.
Incredibly proud to join Chennaiyin FC as Head Coach: Coyle
"I am incredibly proud to join Chennaiyin FC as Head Coach. I believe we possess a squad with great potential and the hunger to do well, complemented by an ardent fan-base always backing us. I can't wait to get started," said Coyle following his appointment.
Coyle can't wait to get started at Chennaiyin FC
"I am incredibly proud to join Chennaiyin FC as Head Coach. I believe we possess a squad with great potential and the hunger to do well, complimented by an ardent fanbase always backing us. I can't wait to get started," says new boss Owen Coyle.#AattamReloaded pic.twitter.com/jHZCR6AFJQ— Chennaiyin FC 🏆🏆 (@ChennaiyinFC) December 4, 2019
Who is Owen Coyle?
Coyle was born in Paisley, Scotland, and started his playing career with Renfrew YM, while he made his senior club debut with Dumbarton. Playing as a striker, he amassed 249 goals in 669 matches, with his best stint being at Airdrieonians. He has won four titles with four different clubs. He also played a solitary game for the Republic of Ireland.
Coyle has a rich managerial career
It was in 2003 when Coyle started his managerial career with Falkirk as their co-manager. It was at St Johnstone since 2005 when he began his full-time managerial role. Later, he also coached former Premier League clubs like Burnley, Bolton Wanderers, Wigan Athletic, and Blackburn Rovers. So far, he has managed in 463 games and won 178, with a win percentage of 38.4.
Coyle has been Premier League Manager of the Month
As for winning accolades as a manager, Coyle has won just two titles so far. However, he has won twin individual and prestigious accolades. He was awarded with the Premier League Manager of the Month on two occasions (November 2010 and March 2012).
Chennaiyin FC are one of the top ISL clubs
For those who are not regular followers of the ISL, Chennaiyin FC are one of the top teams in the tournament. They are also the joint-most successful team in the tournament, along with ATK, having won the title on two occasions. As for the ongoing season, they are currently placed ninth among the 10 teams, having won once in six matches.