Former St Johnstone and Falkirk boss Owen Coyle named new Blackburn Rovers boss



Former St Johnstone and Falkirk boss Owen Coyle is back in management at Blackburn Rovers after signing a two-year deal with the English Championship side.

Coyle, who succeeds Paul Lambert at Ewood Park, has returned to the dugout after leaving his post at MLS outfit Houston Dynamo last week.

The Scotsman, who will be assisted by fellow countryman Alan Irvine at Rovers, said: “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.”


Coyle, who has also managed Burnley, Bolton and Wigan, added: “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.”

Rovers Director Mike Cheston said: “We are delighted to welcome Owen to the club. We took our time and conducted a thorough search and Owen was the standout candidate.

“He brings with him a wealth of management experience, a strong track record in the Championship and we believe he will complement our existing coaching staff perfectly.

“He meets all of the criteria we were looking for and we firmly believe he is the right man to take this club forward.”