Houston Dynamo have appointed Owen Coyle as their new manager this week, the Scot has been out of work since last December following his sacking from Wigan.
The 48-year-old said “it was nice to be wanted” after signing a 3-year contract with the franchise from Texas, following disappointing spells previously with Wigan and Bolton, Coyle jumped at the chance to get back into management.
Paisley born Coyle, who made one appearance for the Republic of Ireland, signed Stuart Holden from the Dynamo for then Premier League Bolton in 2010 and claims “I’ve been watching Houston Dynamo for many years and I know the atmosphere of the supporters”.
Coyles biggest achievement in management was arguably getting Burnley promoted to England’s top flight in 2010 after a 33 year absence, his next challenge is to get Houston back into play-off contention after last seasons disappointing eighth placed finish in the Eastern Conference.
Coyle is only the second manager the franchise have ever hired, Dominic Kinnear has been in charge since the Dynamos inaugural MLS season in 2006 when they also won the MLS Cup. After eight years in charge at the Texas club, Kinnear has left to take charge at league rivals San Jose Earthquakes.
Coyles first assignment is to start building a successful squad as key players such as goalkeeper Tally Hall have already moved on, Hall has MLS new boys Orlando City in exchange for a International Roster Slot and Allocation Money.
Fellow Scotsman Andrew Driver has moved to DC United in a trade for goalkeeper Joe Willis and Ghanaian International Samuel Inkoom. The club will also be taking part in the MLS SuperDraft and March Waiver Draft to acquire players before the start of the 2015 MLS season.