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ISL: Jamshedpur FC Head Coach Owen Coyle leaves the club

Jamshedpur FC head coach Owen Coyle holding the ISL 2021-22 League Winners Shield
Owen Coyle holding the ISL 2021-22 League Winners Shield | Source: ISL/JFC Media

Jamshedpur FC ‘s Head Coach Owen Coyle has left the club after guiding them to the ISL 2021-22 League Winners’ Shield.

The Scotsman had a successful two years with the club having moved to the Red Miners after a season with Chennaiyin FC. In his first season (2020-21), he led the side to a sixth place finish, just four points off the top 4 playoff spot. In his second season in the recently concluded ISL 2021-22, JFC were dominant and consistent over the season ending up with the highest points ever in the ISL – 43.

Coyle initially arrived in India to take over a beleaguered Chennaiyin FC in the middle of the 2019-20 season after John Gregory had left the club. He led them first to a play-off spot and then all the way to the final of the ISL where they lost to ATK.

Read Owen Coyle’s announcement below:

Dear Red Miners,

I have had two absolutely wonderful years with Jamshedpur. The people I met, the relationships we forged in the club is one of the best I have had in football.

Even though we didn’t have the supporters in the stands in these two years, we could feel their love and passion towards the game, towards the players and staff. We tried our very best to give them a team to be proud of, a team that went on to become the Champions of ISL and the best team in the country.

With a heavy heart, I am obviously very sad to tell you that I won’t be continuing this journey together as I have had to return home for family reasons. However, if I am to return to India in the future, we have agreed upon that Jamshedpur will be my first choice to work at if my services are required at the time. I have a massive attachment to the club and I consider it like home.

I am quite sad about the fact that I couldn’t meet the fans in person during my quick visit to Jamshedpur due to a tight travel schedule and my requirement of going back home at the earliest. But I hope to come to India and be able to catch a game at The Furnace in the next season(s) and cheer from the stands with my fellow Red Miners’ fans.

My first match in India was in Jamshedpur and I immediately understood how big the club is and what it means to its people. I want to thank the management, the staff, the players and all the fans for their constant and unwavering support. I will miss you. Jam Ke Khelo.

Owen Coyle, Head Coach, Jamshedpur FC

Jamshedpur FC, CEO, Mukul Choudhari expressed his gratitude towards the Scotsman. He said:

We are extremely thankful to Owen for what he has done for the club. He has made a gargantuan impact, one which will be remembered forever and etched in the club’s history as he led Jamshedpur FC to win the first ever honour by winning the Hero ISL League Winners’ Shield. We are sad of course, just like any other fan, that he won’t be continuing with us next season.

But I am happy to see a strong base being built for Jamshedpur FC’s future thanks to Owen and his staff along with the players who gave everything on the pitch in the most competitive Hero ISL season yet. We wish Owen the very best.

Owen Coyle is widely expected to join Scottish club Queen’s Park FC as per reports from The Scottish Sun.

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