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Owen Coyle
Personal information
Full name Owen Columba Coyle
Date of birth 14 July 1966 (1966-07-14) (age 43)
Place of birth Paisley, Scotland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current club Bolton Wanderers (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1988 Dumbarton 103 (36)
1988–1990 Clydebank 63 (33)
1990–1993 Airdrieonians 123 (50)
1993–1995 Bolton Wanderers 54 (12)
1995–1997 Dundee United 38 (5)
1997–1999 Motherwell 79 (25)
1999–2001 Dunfermline 47 (10)
2000–2001 Ross County (loan) 5 (2)
2001–2002 Airdrieonians 45 (29)
2002–2003 Falkirk 36 (20)
2003–2004 Dundee United 3 (0)
2003–2004 Airdrie (loan) 23 (13)
2004–2005 Airdrie United 34 (14)
2005–2007 St. Johnstone 16 (0)
Total 669 (249)
National team
1994 Republic of Ireland 1 (0[1])
Teams managed
2003 Falkirk
2005–2007 St. Johnstone
2007–2010 Burnley
2010- Bolton Wanderers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Owen Columba Coyle (born 14 July 1966) is a Scottish-Irish professional association football manager and former player. He is currently the manager of Bolton Wanderers.

Paisley-born Coyle began his career at Dumbarton. He played for a number of Scottish teams as well as a spell at English club Bolton Wanderers. Upon retiring from playing, he managed Falkirk and St. Johnstone before heading to then Championship side Burnley. In his first full season in charge, Burnley won promotion to the Premier League.

Coyle has one cap for the Republic of Ireland national football team, having qualified through Irish descent.


Playing career



A prolific striker yet equally adept midfielder, Coyle began his senior career with Dumbarton in 1985, where he played alongside his brothers Joe and Tommy. In 1988 he joined Clydebank, then in March 1990 a £175,000 transfer took him to Airdrieonians. This move was instantly successful, Coyle scoring a hat-trick on his debut and going on to finish as the Scottish League's top scorer for 1989-90. Over the next two seasons his goals helped Airdrie to promotion, a Scottish Cup final appearance, and an appearance in the 1992-1993 European Cup Winners' Cup - as Scottish Cup winners Rangers, had won the Scottish Premier Division title and qualified for the European Cup.

In the summer of 1993, Bolton Wanderers paid £250,000 to sign Coyle, and his two year spell in England included promotion and a brief chance to play in the FA Premier League. However, in October 1995, a £400,000 transfer fee took him to Dundee United, where he was once again part of a promotion-winning side, scoring the winning goal in extra time in the second leg of the playoff against Partick Thistle.

Coyle's next moves were to Motherwell in January 1997, after a move to Hibernian fell through,[2] and then on to Dunfermline Athletic in March 1999. After losing his place in the Dunfermline team, he went on loan to Ross County prior to rejoining Airdrie in 2001. When they went into liquidation in 2002, Coyle joined Falkirk, being promoted to co-player-manager alongside John Hughes in 2003. After leaving this post he returned to Dundee United, primarily in a coaching capacity but also registering as a player. A lack of first team opportunities, however, led to him being loaned out to Airdrieonians' successors, Airdrie United, and this move was subsequently made on a permanent basis. He also took up the post of assistant manager to Sandy Stewart, who now acts as his assistant at Bolton.

He played in an emergency for Burnley Reserves on 9 April 2009, scoring with a lob in a 2-0 win against Accrington Stanley, helping them win the Reserve League title.[3] On 7 October, Coyle played again for Burnley Reserves in a 1-0 defeat to the Liverpool Reserves at Prenton Park.[4]


Despite being born in Scotland, Coyle was never picked for his country of birth. Because of his Irish ancestry, he was eligible to play for the Irish national team, and when he was offered a place in the squad, he accepted, earning one full international cap, in a friendly match played against Holland in Tilburg in April 1994. The match ended in a 1–0 victory for the Republic, with Coyle coming on to replace the goalscorer Tommy Coyne in the 83rd minute.[5]

Managerial career

St Johnstone

In April 2005, Coyle was named as the new manager of St. Johnstone.[6] In March 2006, he was awarded Manager of the Month for the Scottish First Division for his team's performance. Coyle led St. Johnstone to a 2–0 victory over Rangers at Ibrox to reach the semi-finals of the Scottish League Cup.[7] It was their first win over the Glasgow club at Ibrox in 35 years. St. Johnstone lost 3–1 after extra time to Hibernian in that semi-final. Saints also reached the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup thanks to away wins against SPL clubs Falkirk and Motherwell, but lost 2–1 to Celtic at Hampden in the semi-final.[8]

In the same season, Saints also competed for the First Division championship and promotion to the SPL. On 30 March 2007, Coyle was awarded his second Scottish First Division Manager of the Month award of the 2006–07 season.[9] Saints took the title fight with Gretna to the final day of the season, and only a last minute goal by James Grady that gave Gretna victory at Ross County denied Saints promotion.

Coyle signed a one-year extension to his contract with St. Johnstone in July 2007, which would have kept him at the club until the end of the 2009–10 season.[10] In the early part of the 2007–08 season, Coyle led Saints to the final of the Scottish Challenge Cup. He accepted an offer from Burnley in the week before the final and left the club. Coyle's assistant Sandy Stewart took charge of the team for the final, which was won 3–2 against Dunfermline Athletic.


On 21 November 2007, Burnley were granted permission to discuss their managerial vacancy with Coyle after a compensation fee was agreed with St. Johnstone.[11] He was appointed as Burnley's new manager the following day.[12] Coyle was given a reference by then Scotland manager Alex McLeish to support his Burnley application, and was also recommended by Bolton chairman Phil Gartside after they appointed Gary Megson as their new manager, as Coyle was Gartside's 2nd choice for the Bolton job after Megson. [13]

In September 2008, former England striker Andrew Cole credited Coyle as the reason he re-thought his decision to retire from playing at the end of the 2007-08 season. Cole spent three months on loan at Burnley that season, and Cole stated, "I went to Burnley and spoke to Owen and got a great vibe. He brought the best out of me and made me feel a lot younger than my age."[14]

He won the September 2008 Championship Manager of the Month award after leading Burnley to 5 wins and a draw, which included a League Cup win over Premier League side Fulham. In November Burnley secured a victory over Premier League side Chelsea on penalties at Stamford Bridge to put them in the quarter-finals of the League Cup. In the quarter-final, Burnley defeated Arsenal 2–0. They were knocked out in the semi-finals in dramatic fashion, after overturning a 4-1 deficit by winning 3-0 at Turf Moor after 90minutes. Burnley were little more than three minutes away from a famous win and a trip to Wembley, when Roman Pavlyuchenko scored to win the tie in extra time for Tottenham Hotspur.

Burnley, under Coyle, won promotion to the Premier League by beating Sheffield United 1-0 in the Championship Play-off Final at Wembley Stadium on 25 May 2009.[15] The 2009-10 season will be the first time they have played in top tier of English football for 33 years. Coyle has added to his squad by signing Tyrone Mears for £500,000 & Steven Fletcher for a club record fee of £3,000,000 and also David Edgar signed on a free transfer from Newcastle United on 1 July 2009.

After speculation linking Coyle with the vacant manger's position at Celtic, on 18 June 2009, Coyle signed a contract extension at Turf Moor to stay with Burnley until the end of the 2012-13 season.[16]

On 19 August 2009, Burnley defeated the defending Premier League champions Manchester United 1-0 at Turf Moor in their first top-flight match at home for 33 years.[17] They went on to win their first four home games with wins against Everton 1-0 Birmingham 2-1 and Sunderland 3-1 and lose their first 5 away games.

Bolton Wanderers

In January 2010 Bolton Wanderers expressed their interest in Owen Coyle becoming their new manager to replace the recently sacked Gary Megson, with Coyle expressing a desire to take up the position and leave Burnley.[18] The next day Burnley's chairman announced that Owen Coyle had left the club.[19] On 8 January 2010 it was announced that Coyle had been appointed as manager of Bolton Wanderers.[20] His first game in charge was a 2–0 home defeat to Arsenal.[21] He achieved his first win on 23rd January, 2010, 2-0 in the FA Cup 4th Round at home to Sheffield United and achieved his first league victory against former club Burnley, 1-0 on 26th January 2010. [22] He achieved his first away victory at the club on 6th March 2010, 2-1 at West Ham United. His first signing for the club was the winger Vladimir Weiss who he received on loan from Manchester City until the end of the season. He also signed Stuart Holden from MLS side Houston Dynamo on a short term contract and signed Arsenal's Jack Wilshere on a loan deal to the end of the season.



Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Falkirk Scotland 31 January 2003 20 May 2003 &0000000000000019.00000019 &0000000000000012.00000012 &0000000000000003.0000003 &0000000000000004.0000004 &0000000000000063.16000063.16
St. Johnstone Scotland 15 April 2005 22 November 2007 &0000000000000070.00000070 &0000000000000036.00000036 &0000000000000020.00000020 &0000000000000014.00000014 &0000000000000051.43000051.43
Burnley England 22 November 2007 5 January 2010 &0000000000000113.000000113 &0000000000000048.00000048 &0000000000000028.00000028 &0000000000000037.00000037 &0000000000000042.48000042.48
Bolton Wanderers England 8 January 2010 &0000000000000015.00000015 &0000000000000005.0000005 &0000000000000003.0000003 &0000000000000007.0000007 &0000000000000033.33000033.33
Total &0000000000000216.000000216 &0000000000000101.000000101 &0000000000000053.00000053 &0000000000000062.00000062 &0000000000000046.76000046.76
As of 13 March 2010.[23]



Outside of football

Coyle made an appearance in the Scottish football film A Shot at Glory, in 2000, alongside The Godfather star Robert Duvall, Michael Keaton and Ally McCoist.


  1. ^ National Football Teams Player Profile - Owen Coyle at www.national-football-teams.com
  2. ^ Boden, Chris (1 October 2009). "Burnley FC boss' old pals' act". Burnley Express. http://www.burnleyexpress.net/burnleyfc/Burnley-FC-boss39-old-pals39.5696544.jp. Retrieved 2 October 2009. 
  3. ^ "Burnley | Team | Reserves | Reserves | Burnley Reserves 2 Acc Stanley Reserves 0". Burnleyfootballclub.com. http://www.burnleyfootballclub.com/page/Reserves/0,,10413~1629864,00.html. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  4. ^ "Burnley | Team | Reserves | Reserves | Liverpool Res 1 Burnley Res 0". Burnleyfootballclub.com. http://www.burnleyfootballclub.com/page/Reserves/0,,10413~1820682,00.html. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  5. ^ "Holland 0 Ireland 1". Soccerscene.ie. http://www.soccerscene.ie/sssenior/matchdetails.php?id=296. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 
  6. ^ "Coyle becomes St. Johnstone boss". BBC News. 2005-04-15. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/s/st_johnstone/4448957.stm. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  7. ^ "Rangers 0–2 St. Johnstone". BBC News. 2006-11-08. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/scot_cups/6123792.stm. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  8. ^ Moffat, Colin (2007-04-14). "St. Johnstone 1–2 Celtic". BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/scot_cups/6550697.stm. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  9. ^ "Coyle picks up managerial award". BBC News. 2007-03-26. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/s/st_johnstone/6497693.stm. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  10. ^ "Coyle signs on for more at Saints". BBC News. 2007-07-12. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/s/st_johnstone/6895629.stm. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  11. ^ Burnley can talk to Coyle, St. Johnstone FC official site.
  12. ^ "Coyle named new Burnley manager". BBC News. 2007-11-22. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/eng_div_1/7107386.stm. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  13. ^ Owen Coyle handed reins at Burnley after Alex McLeish voices support - The Times Online
  14. ^ ""Cole reveals Coyle's inspiration"". BBC News. 2008-09-12. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/n/nottm_forest/7611008.stm. Retrieved 2009-06-10. 
  15. ^ "Burnley 1-0 Sheff Utd". BBC Sport. 2009-05-25. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/eng_div_1/8060970.stm. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  16. ^ "Coyle pens four-year Burnley deal". BBC Sport. 2009-06-18. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/b/burnley/8107146.stm. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  17. ^ "Burnley 1 - 0 Man Utd". BBC Sport. 2009-08-19. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/eng_prem/8202360.stm. Retrieved 2009-08-20. 
  18. ^ "Burnley & Coyle mull over future after Bolton approach". BBC News. 2007-11-22. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/b/bolton_wanderers/8439458.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  19. ^ "Owen Coyle leaves Burnley". Yahoo! Eurosport UK. http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/06012010/58/premier-league-owen-coyle-leaves-burnley.html. Retrieved 2010-01-07. 
  20. ^ "Owen Coyle appointed Bolton manager". BBC News. 2010-01-08. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/b/bolton_wanderers/8439458.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-08. 
  21. ^ "Bolton 0 - 2 Arsenal". BBC Sport. 2010-01-17. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/eng_prem/8454216.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  22. ^ "Bolton 2 - 0 Sheff Utd". BBC Sport. 2010-01-23. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/fa_cup/8468464.stm. Retrieved 2010-01-25. 
  23. ^ "Owen Coyle's managerial career". Racing Post. http://www.soccerbase.com/managers2.sd?managerid=1865. Retrieved 20 December 2009. 

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