The 55-year-old returns to Scotland after three seasons in the Indian Super League.

Former Jamshedpur FC head coach Owen Coyle has shifted base from India to Scotland to take over as head coach at Queen’s Park FC. Most recently, he won the Indian Super League (ISL) Winners’ Shield with Jamshedpur FC — following which speculations of his departure citing family reasons started brewing. As a result, Coyle’s move to his hometown comes as no surprise.

In an official statement on their website, the Scottish side stated, “The hugely experienced Head Coach has managed teams in Scotland, England, the USA and most recently in the Indian Super League. For the past two seasons he has managed Jamshedpur, leading them this season to their first honour, the Indian Super League Shield. He will take up the Head Coach role at a club currently sitting in the play-off positions and challenging to get into the SPFL Championship next season.”

For those unaware, Queen’s Park FC is a Glasgow based club that ply their trade in Scottish League One, the third tier league of the Scottish football pyramid. Founded in 1867, they are the oldest association football club in Scotland. Alongside, they have the third-highest number of Scottish Cup titles, only behind giants Celtic and Rangers.

Owen Coyle in ISL 2021-22

In India, football fans probably need no introduction about Coyle. From finishing runners up with Chennaiyin FC in 2019-20 to historically winning the League Winners Shield in 2021-22, the 55-year-old has overseen it all. What stands out is particularly his campaign with JFC over the last two seasons. During this phase, he managed 42 games winning 20 and went on a seven-game winning streak this season prior to the playoff — which saw his side clinch their maiden silverware.

Regarding Coyle’s appointment, club Chief Executive, Leeann Dempster said: “First of all, we’d like to thank Jamshedpur for the generous way they have behaved throughout our talks. With their agreement, and although he doesn’t officially start till June 1, Owen will be able to help us prepare our teams for the final few games of the season.

“We are excited to have secured a Head Coach of Owen’s experience and expertise. He has grown up in the Scottish game, as both player and coach. But has also added considerable international experience and brings all that wealth of knowledge to our club as we continue our journey to building a unique club that makes fans proud on and off the pitch.”

What Owen Coyle said

Similarly, Coyle himself commenting on his appointment stated, “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at a wonderful club in the Indian Super League. But it was time for me to come home and I am delighted to be joining an ambitious, progressive club in Queen’s Park. The Club’s ambitions are really exciting, and the structure being put into place was enormously appealing to me. We have some terrific talent at the Club, and we will be looking to attract and develop more, so the challenge for me is one I look forward to.”

He will now start off as Queen’s Park FC’s head coach from June 1st with the aim of promoting the side to the second division next season.

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