Chennaiyin FC have appointed former Burnley and Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle as the Head Coach for the rest of the season in lieu of John Gregory who resigned recently.
Of Irish descent, but born in Scotland, Owen as a player represented a number of Scottish clubs like Motherwell, Falkirk and St Johnstone and also the English club Bolton Wanderers.
As a manager, Coyle’s most prominent achievement was helping Burnley win promotion to the Premier League from the Championship in 2009. He went onto manage Bolton Wanderers, Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers among others. Before joining as Head Coach at ISL side Chennaiyin FC, Owen was the manager at Scottish club Ross County. He resigned in March of 2018 with the club sitting at the bottom of the Scottish Premiership.
53-year-old Owen replaces former Aston Villa manager John Gregory who was at the helm when Chennaiyin lifted their second ISL title in 2018. However, results last season and in the current season were unsustainable which led to the club and Gregory parting ways.
I am incredibly proud to join Chennaiyin FC as their Head Coach.
It will be my immense privilege to join a club with so much success already in its early history with two ISL titles.
I believe we possess a squad with great potential and the hunger to do well, complimented by an ardent fan base always backing us.
I can’t wait to get started.Owen Coyle
Coyle’s first assignment will be an away tie against Jamshedpur FC on December 9.