Owen Coyle: Is it a risk?
It's been less than a month and the new man at the head of the helm seems to be settling in well at the DW Stadium, whilst making 6 signings in a week, Owen Coyle doesn't seem to be lacking in confidence. Whilst having success at Burnley, some might say that the Scot had a bumpy reign whilst being the man in charge at the Reebok Stadium.
The Scot has had a mixed career in arguably the only two jobs you can base your predictions of what he will do with Wigan Athletic, making his name at Burnley but creating his own downfall at Wigan's South Lancashire rivals Bolton.
Coyle had a impressive playing career, playing for no less than 12 clubs including, Bolton, Dumbarton and Motherwell. The Scottish born goal-scorer was capped once for Ireland through Irish decent. Over his experinced 25 year playing career, Coyle clocked up an impressive 668 appearances for the 12 clubs in mainland UK scoring 249 goals in the process.
The Scot hit English management in 2007, signing for Burnley in November after a successful 2 year spell at St Johnstone. Coyle had probably most people would say his most successful spell in management up to date during his time at Turf Moor. The highlights of his career included probably getting the Clarets to the Premier League. The same success that he will attempt achieve with his new team. Whilst at Burnley, he managed to claim impressive wins against Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea. The latter two coming in an impressive League Cup run to the semi-final where they were defeated in dramatic fashion by Arsenal's bitter rivals Spurs.
In January 2010, Our new manager signed for Bolton after the Trotters sacked Gary Megson. Some of the Fans voiced discontent at the recently appointed manager, but some might argue that he made the start they wanted. He kept the Wanderers in the Premier League after being written off at the turn of the year. In the following season, Coyle kept the trotter hovering in mid-table and took Bolton to a memorable FA Cup semi-final, all be it a memorable FA Cup semi-final for all the wrong reasons, the Trotters fnished 14th in that season after picking up few points after the trip down to Wembley. The most arguable point came here, is it from the 5-0 thrashing at Wembley they took in April... Owen Coyle's reign at the Reebok Stadiumstarted going down hill and never recovered.
The following season, Bolton were relegated at the Britannia after a 2-2 draw with Stoke City and starting life back in the Championship, he was sacked early in the season due a poor showing. In my opinion Coyle's reign started well and finished below par.
His 6 signings so far have looked to be shrude and sensible signings but according to report and well knowledgeable fans. The stories coming out of the DW Stadium regards to the back room staff Coyle has just recently employed, appears to be another questionable move by 'the tactician of the year' as Bolton fans have nicknamed him.
In summary, I think it will either be one extremity or the other. Whelan being in the business as long as he has will take credit if Coyle get the Latics back to the promise land although he could blame the 'we were running out of options' explanation. With the signings he's made already and according to reports a few more to be coming until August 31st Owen Coyle seems to be showing real intent that he is serious about getting the Latics promoted the first time of asking since the FA Cup winners were relegated. Lets hope he doesn't repeat his second half performance at Bolton.