Report: Owen Coyle agrees three-year deal to lead Houston, gets Stu Holden’s nod of approval

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Houston’s new head coach grew up an 11-minute ScotRail ride from its last one.

Sky Sports is reporting that Paisley-born Owen Coyle will take the reins from Glasgow-raised, long-time Dynamo boss Dominic Kinnear, who left the job for the head coach job in San Jose.

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Coyle, 48, most recently managed Wigan Athletic after stints at Bolton, Burnley, St. Johnstone and Falkirk. He’s barely a year older than Kinnear, 47. Sky said the announcement of a three-year deal will come on Tuesday.

The MLS site says the two parties are still working out contract details, but Coyle is getting a good endorsement from a former player at Bolton. From MLSSoccer.com:

“Talking with Stuart [Holden, former Dynamo star who played for Coyle at Bolton Wanderers] … he was definitely a guy the players loved to play for, a guy that the players really respected,” Davis said. “For me, as a player, those are the things you love to hear; a coach that’s going to work for the players and have the players’ thoughts first and foremost in his mind. It’s a positive name I’ve heard talking to other guys in terms of players that have played for him.”

Davis is the only Dynamo player to have been in Houston for all nine years of former head coach Dominic Kinnear’s tenure. The World Cup veteran knows more than anyone the comfort and consistency a longstanding head coach can bring to a locker room, and he is looking forward to having a new boss in place.

“You try and let the days pass, but you can only let so many go by when you’re worried about your future and what’s going on,” Davis said. “For me, it seems like a plus so far. That’s great until we truly get into if he is named our head coach, until we get into a training atmosphere.”

Seems like a strong hire for Houston, and we wouldn’t expect much less from the stable Texas club. You agree?