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Owen Coyle - In profile

2 June 2016

His career in detail - Blackburn Rovers' new manager Owen Coyle

New boss Owen Coyle has enjoyed success both as a player and a manager.

The Paisley-born attacker boasts a long and fruitful playing career, scoring almost 300 goals in over 750 games at clubs both sides of the border and earning international honours with the Republic of Ireland.

Starting out as a young forward at Dumbarton, he averaged a goal every three games during a three-year spell at the Division 1 club and he improved upon that fine goalscoring record during spells at Clydebank and Airdrieonians.

That caught the attentions of bigger clubs and in the summer of 1993 he secured a move to Bolton Wanderers. He would go on to play a key role in their 1995 promotion-winning side thanks to a goal in the play-off final win over Reading at Wembley.

The striker would spend just over two seasons at Burnden Park before he completed a big-money move to Scottish First Division side Dundee United. That season saw the Tannadice club finish in the play-off places, with Coyle tasting promotion once more thanks to his extra-time winner over Partick Thistle.

Coyle had further playing spells with Motherwell, Dunfermline Athletic and Ross County, before lifting the Scottish Challenge Cup with Airdrieonians in 2002 and winning the Scottish First Division with Falkirk the following season where he was co-player-manager alongside John Hughes.

He briefly returned to Dundee United as a player-coach, but a lack of first team outings saw him loaned to newly-formed Airdrie United as they won promotion from the Scottish Second Division. The move became a permanent one in 2004-05, with Coyle also taking up the position of assistant manager.

In April 2005, Coyle was named as the new manager of St Johnstone and in his first full season in charge he guided the Saints to second place in the Scottish First Division.

The following campaign saw St Johnstone reach the semi-finals of both the Scottish League Cup and FA Cup. They would also finish second in the league once more, missing out on promotion to the top flight on the final day of the season.

Early 2007-08 saw Coyle lead Saints to the final of the Scottish Challenge Cup, but his managerial exploits hadn't gone unnoticed and in November 2007 he agreed to become the new manager of Burnley, finishing 13th in the Championship that year.

Under Coyle's stewardship, Burnley reached the semi-finals of the League Cup the following season and finished fifth in the league to secure a place in the play-offs. The Clarets defeated Reading over two legs before beating Sheffield United at Wembley to claim a place in the top tier of English football for the first time in 33 years.

Coyle guided Premier League new-boys Burnley to four home wins in a row, but by January 2010 former club Bolton Wanderers came calling and the Scot kept the Trotters in the Premier League with a 14th place finish.

The Bolton boss repeated the feat the following season by finishing 14th once more and they also reached Wembley with an FA Cup semi-final appearance, but lost heavily to Stoke City.

Bolton, along with Rovers, tasted the disappointment of relegation in May 2012, and by October of that year his time at the Reebok had come to an end.

Coyle returned to management with Wigan Athletic in June 2013, but his spell at the Latics was short-lived, and in December 2014 the former Republic of Ireland international headed across the Atlantic to become the manager of MLS side Houston Dynamo.

After 18 months in Texas it was announced that he was to leave Houston by mutual consent, with the 49-year-old wishing to move back to the UK to be closer to his family.

He becomes Rovers' 40th manager in their 141-year history.

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