Is it any surprise that just a week after leaving the Houston Dynamo to return home and spend more time with his family, Owen Coyle has been hired to coach the Blackburn Rovers. How could this happen so quickly especially since he and the Houston organization denied any illusion that the former Dynamo head man had been given permission to seek employment elsewhere. Don’t get me wrong, it’s great that Coyle has a new gig but it’s disappointing that on his way out the door, the spin was that Coyle expressed a desire to be closer to his family in England and the team accommodated his request.
Inject conspiracy theory here.
- Former Rovers coach Paul Lambert stepped down from Blackburn effective on May 7, 2016.
- Five days later (May 12, 2016), Coyle is linked to the open Celtic FC position which he and the Dynamo organization deny in an MLSsoccer.com article on May 13, 2016. Ironically enough, Coyle turned down Celtic to stay at Bolton in 2010
- Two days later (May 15, 2016), Coyle is on his way Scotland to attend a funeral.
- Coyle returns on to training with the Houston Dynamo on Wednesday May 18, 2016.
- One week later Coyle is given his release by the Dynamo.
- Eight days later, the Scot is named as the Rovers new man.
The most telling quote from today’s announcement that makes all this denial by Coyle and the Dynamo implausible is that he only wanted to move closer to his family and not about taking a different job comes from Blackburn director Mike Cheston.
“We took our time and conducted a thorough search and Owen was the standout candidate.”
If Blackburn were doing their due diligence, they would be like the Houston Dynamo and taking their time to consider what direction they want to head and the best man to lead them there as expressed by Dynamo vice-president Matt Jordan.
“We are taking our time throughout this process,” We are not going to limit ourselves to any set timelines. We are going to take our time. We are going do our due diligence and make the right decision.”
So Coyle who just happened (tongue in cheek) to come available last week quickly outdistanced all the other potential candidates on the Rovers list and all the details of a contract worked out in perfect unison.
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There are those who are not sad to see Coyle leave in light of the season’s current woes. On the other hand most understand the desire of wanting to be closer to family especially in light of the season’s current woes and would have been ok if the club had said yes they gave the coach permission to seek employment elsewhere at his request but to play this game of denial and then suddenly out of oh my gosh nowehere, he has a new job within days of departing makes it all a little too coincidental. All of this just begs the question…….
Would Coyle have wanted to go home in the middle of the season if the Houston Dynamo were fighting for first place? After all, the coach has only left one position when in a winning position and that was to go from St Johnstone to Burnley early in his managerial career.
We will never know the truth of the matter but as it concerns the Houston Dynamo this was a win-win situation. They got rid of a coach who was taking the team no where and a chance at a new beginning with two thirds of the season yet to play. Mired in last place, the squad got their first road point of the season in the first outing since Coyle’s departure and seem motivated and ready to move forward with Wade Barrett (yet to be named) as their coach.
“We have and me personally have a hundred percent confidence in Wade,” said veteran Dynamo defender DaMarcus Beasley following training on Tuesday morning. “I got the question the other day about do you feel about a new guy coming in and I said Wade’s our coach. We are very happy with that,the way he worked with us in that little timeframe that we had before the Vancouver game was great. The players are behind him one hundred percent.”