Ex-Premier League manager Owen Coyle returns as Chennaiyin FC head coach

The experienced Scotsman, who has won Premier League Manager of the Month Award thrice, is a popular name in the Indian football circuit.

Published: 16th July 2023 02:32 PM  |   Last Updated: 16th July 2023 02:32 PM   |  A+A-

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CHENNAI: Chennaiyin FC on Sunday announced the return of Owen Coyle as their head coach ahead of the 2023-24 Indian Super League season on a multi-year deal.

The experienced Scotsman, who has won Premier League Manager of the Month Award thrice, is a popular name in the Indian football circuit and has had a successful stint with the Chennaiyin FC last time when he led the club to the final of 2019-20 ISL with eight wins.

"We're delighted to have Owen back in Chennaiyin colours. Owen is no stranger to India and we've all seen what he can do here. He's the right man to lead our young team forward and we're glad to have him back home," Chennaiyin co-owner Vita Dani said in a press release.

Coyle takes over from Thomas Brdaric, who parted ways with the club following the conclusion of the 2002-2023 season.

The 57-year old Coyle won the ISL League Shield with Jamshedpur FC in 2021-22 with 43 points which was the highest at the time in the history of the tournament.

Coyle has also coached in the English Premier League -- one of the world's top football leagues.

In his first season as manager in England he secured Burnley a promotion to the EPL by defeating Sheffield United in the 2008–09 play-off final.

Later, he joined Bolton and under Coyle they were a resilient EPL side, which advanced to the FA Cup semi-finals in his first season.

Coyle also had a successful journey in the Major League Soccer (MLS) at Houston Dynamos in the United States.

Most recently, he coached Queen's Park Football Club in the second tier of Scottish football and guided them to a third-place finish in the league stage, helping them qualify for the promotion play-offs to the Scottish Premier Division.

"Really excited to be back at Chennaiyin FC. It was a wonderful experience the last time. The club has had fantastic success and we want to try and replicate that," Coyle said on his appointment.

"It's going to be tough, we know that but we all love the challenge of that in football. I'm excited to replicate the success the club had previously for our wonderful fans and I look forward to seeing them soon," he added.

As a player, Coyle had a long and successful career as a striker.

Besides featuring in the EPL, he also played for clubs like Dundee United and Motherwell in the Scottish Premier League.

He has more than 300 goals to his name.

Coyle will join CFC in August after fulfilling the obligations of his previous contract with Queens Park FC.

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