Owen Coyle appointed Rovers boss

Blackburn Rovers boss Owen Coyle

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Blackburn have appointed Owen Coyle as their new manager on a two-year deal.

The Scot has been linked with the job since recently leaving MLS outfit Houston Dynamo and replaces compatriot Paul Lambert who departed Ewood Park after just six months in charge.

Rovers finished 15th last season and having taken over from Gary Bowyer earlier in the campaign, Lambert is believed to have chosen to leave due the hierarchy’s reluctance to spend in the transfer market.

Coyle previously coached local rivals Burley and Bolton in the Premier League, while he also spent time in charge at Wigan.
He will now lead the team into the 2016-17 campaign and will work alongside Lambert’s assistant manager Alan Irvine and first-team coach Rob Kelly.

Blackburn are currently one of the outsiders to win the Championship outright at 34.00, with Newcastle the 3.40 favourites ahead of Norwich, who are 10.00. However, with Coyle at the helm they have a coach with plenty of pedigree having previously guided Burnley to Premier League promotion through the play-offs in 2009.

The 49-year-old says he is relishing the chance he has been given at Ewood Park and has promised the club’s fans they can expect plenty of excitement from his side.

He told the club’s official website: “First and foremost I’m absolutely thrilled and honoured to be Blackburn Rovers manager and I look forward to working with terrific people at the club.

“The ultimate aim is to give a team that is representative of the fans, a team that is entertaining and hard working, and a team that can win.”

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