Report: Ex-Bolton boss Owen Coyle emerges as leader to fill Houston Dynamo head coaching vacancy

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The Houston Dynamo‘s head coaching search to replace the departed Dominic Kinnear (San Jose Earthquakes), the only man to lead La Naranja in the club’s nine-year history, is heating up and could be nearing its conclusion with a pair of well-known names leading the way, according to multiple reports on Thursday night.

Former Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle, and current New York Red Bulls assistant and former Chivas USA head coach Robin Fraser have spoken with the Dynamo about the vacancy, per a number of reporters.

Coyle-or-Fraser-to-Houston was first reported by ESPN’s Jeff Carlisle.

Shortly after Carlisle’s first report, SI’s Grant Wahl seconded the Coyle rumor. Jose de Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle then made things seem imminent with a story advancement of his own. Predictably, the Dynamo say they have no comment to make at this time regarding their head coaching search.

For what it’s worth, one long-time Dynamo favorite had less than complimentary things to say of Coyle’s rumored involvement.

The only tie the Scottish manager has to the United States, and Houston in particular, is the fact he made former Dynamo midfielder Stuart Holden his first signing upon being appointed Bolton manager in January 2010.