Owen Coyle “Hopeless”

Former Clarets Boss Coyle Criticised For Cakes & Irn Bru Training

Former Clarets boss Owen Coyle has been heavily criticised for a “cakes and Irn Bru” approach to training during a short stint as manager of Scottish Premier League side Ross County. Midfielder Michael Gardyne has laid into the ex-Bolton striker, who took charge of the Dingwall club for five months but managed just four wins in 21 games.


Ross County began the season with co-managers Jim McIntyre and Billy Dodds but turned to Coyle who had been successful north of the border with Airdrie & St Johnstone, reviving their fortunes in the Scottish Premier League.

Gardyne admitted players were culpable for the club’s eventual relegation but had few positive words to say about Owen Coyle’s brief reign. “The first sacking of Jim McIntyre was maybe a bit unfair then Coyle came in “Hopeless” it was all right for a couple of games and then we didn’t work on enough things to prepare for games.

We were training for cakes and Irn-Bru every day when we needed to be preparing for big games in the Premiership. I’ve spoken to a couple of people I knew he had at Burnley and they said they had seven or eight captains in their team that got them through. His track record wasn’t great having had a couple of relegations, I don’t want to bad-mouth him too much because it’s all about the players, we need to look at ourselves as well.”


Coyle managed Bolton Wanderers between January 2010 and October 2012, guiding the club to safety in his first part of the season and then the FA Cup semi-final in his first full year but 2011/12 proved to be a horrible year for Coyle and Bolton as they dropped out of the Premier League, Coyle left Bolton Wanderers in October 2012 and has subsequently managed Wigan Athletic, Houston Dynamo and Blackburn Rovers who were all relegated under Owen Coyle.

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