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Place of Birth :Paisley, Scotland
Owen Columba Coyle is a Scottish-born footballer who played international football for the Republic of Ireland. He has since moved into football management with him currently in charge of Burnley.
A prolific striker, 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 European football.
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 Premiership. 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.
Coyle's next moves were to Motherwell in January 1997 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 put on a permanent basis.
In April 2005, Coyle was named as the new manager of St. Johnstone. He was also registered as a player, although his appearances at first team level were extremely sporadic.
In March 2006, he was awarded Manager of the Month for the Scottish First Division for his team's performance. This was the first time he had been awarded the accolade.
In November 2006, Coyle led St. Johnstone to a 2-0 victory over Rangers at Ibrox to reach the semi-finals of the League Cup.It was their first win over the Glasgow club at Ibrox in 35 years.
On March 30, 2007, Coyle was awarded his second Scottish First Division Manager of the Month award of the 2006/7 season.
On April 14, 2007, St. Johnstone lost 2-1 to Celtic at Hampden in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup.
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.
On November 21, Burnley were granted permission to discuss their managerial vacancy with Coyle after a compensation fee was agreed between the Clarets and St. Johnstone. He was appointed as Burnley's new manager the following day.
Despite being born in Scotland, Coyle was never picked by that country, so he played for the Republic of Ireland due to his Irish ancestry, earning one international cap, against Holland in a friendly in Tilburg in April 1994.
Games in which Owen Coyle was a Substitute.
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