Former Clarets Boss Leaves India For Scotland Return

Queen’s Park Looking To Offer Owen Coyle Management Post

Owen Coyle’s appointment as the new manager of Queen’s Park Football Club has moved a step closer this afternoon after he quit Indian outfit Jamshedpur Football Club. Coyle, led them to their first ever Indian title earlier this month and the club were hopeful he would agree to sign a new contract.

However, Owen Coyle issued a statement yesterday to the club and its fans, “I have had two absolutely wonderful years with Jamshedpur. The people I met and the relationships we forged are among the best I ve experienced in football. So it’s with a heavy heart, I tell you that I won’t be continuing this journey together as I have had to return home for family reasons. If I am to return to India in the future, we have agreed that Jamshedpur will be my first choice to work at if my services are required at that time.

I have a massive attachment to the club and I consider it like home, even though we didn’t have the supporters in the stands we could feel their love and passion towards the players and staff. We tried our very best to give them a team to be proud of and a team that went on to become the Champions of ISL and the best team in the country. I want to thank the management, the staff, the players and all the fans for their constant and unwavering support. I will miss you all. Jam Ke Khelo.”

Jamshedpur CEO, Mukul Choudhari said: “We are extremely thankful to Owen for what he has done for the club. He has made a gargantuan impact, one which will be remembered forever and etched in the club’s history as he led Jamshedpur to their first ever honour, the Hero ISL League Winners’ Shield. We are sad that he won’t be continuing with us next season but we have a strong base thanks to Owen and his staff. We wish Owen the very best.”

Coyle’s contract in the Indian Super League runs until May but his representatives hope to negotiate a deal which would allow him to return to work with Queens Park currently in a League One play-off place long before then. The former Burnley and Bolton Wanderers boss Coyle moved to India in 2019 to take over at newly-promoted Chennaiyin, who he led to runners-up spot in the Indian Super League.

That led to him being appointed coach of ambitious Jamshedpur in August 2020 and they clinched the league title after winning seven of their last eight games. But the entire league campaign had been played in Goa in western India over the past four months, with all games behind closed doors. Coyle told Sunsport earlier this month that working in those bio-bubble conditions had caused a strain on him and his squad. Coyle, said “It’s been very difficult for some of the boys and we’ve always been conscious of the mental health side with them. We’ve had an amazing and memorable season but they’re away from their families for a long time and that has to be taken into account.”

Jamshedpur’s qualification for the play-offs for the group stage of the 2023-24 Asian Champions League saw Coyle offered a new deal by Jamshedpur and other Indian sides, but he insisted he would either return to the U.K. or stay with Jamshedpur. Now his exit is confirmed, trusted assistant Sandy Stewart is also set to join him at Hampden once final details of the pair’s switch have been completed.

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