A look at how are former manager, Owen Coyle is doing across the pond
Well, Owen Coyle. Some will remember that name and be brought back to a very dark point in the club’s history when a potentially awesome Championship team sunk to the bottom of the league.
Some will think of him as that fool who signed David N’Gog, Gregg Wylde and Marvin Sordell.
Others may remember him more fondly as someone who brought us to FA Cup success and handled the Fabrice Muamba situation very well, while also advocating wearing shorts and a tracksuit.
Anyway, I talked to Alicia Tolar of Houston Dynamo blog ‘Dynamo Theory’ about how the OC is doing over there.
Here is what she had to say:
‘Opinions were mixed when Owen Coyle was hired to take over the Houston Dynamo. Some fans saw him a great get – Someone who coached in EPL!- while others saw a failed coach who was currently unemployed. Both sides saw a coach who seemed very similar to the departing Houston coach, Dominic Kinnear.
The team is currently 2-2-3 after Week 7. This time last year, the team was 2-4-1. Coyle seems to have breathed new life into the team not by implementing sweeping changes but through small changes and the willingness to make them. Last season the players often seemed disinterested in the game and gave up late goals due to mental errors. This season the players are energized and aren’t making the same mental mistakes as last year. Coyle also isn’t afraid to make changes to the lineup — who starts, who’s on the bench and what formation to use. The players are forced to fight for their spots in the lineup more than they have in the past which is creating the motivation on the field they needed.
Coyle has been coaching without one large component brought into the team during the offseason-Erick Cubo Torres. The striker is currently on loan to Chivas Guadalajara until the summer. This leaves him with last season’s top scorer Giles Barnes, a converted midfielder, playing up top.’
Thanks very much to Alicia for the update on the friendly Irish/Scottish chap. He’s always seemed like a nice guy and was very kind to my dad on a train once.