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Born: Pais­ley, Scot­land, 1966 (Age 47) Play­ing ca­reer: A striker, Coyle be­gan his pro­fes­sional ca­reer with Dum­bar­ton in 1985, join­ing Cly­de­bank in 1988 be­fore a £175,000 switch to Air drie two years later. Top scorer in the Scot­tish League in 1989-90, he also won pro­mo­tion and played in the Cup Win­ners’ Cup. Signed for Bolton in 1993 for a fee of £250,000, where he would win his one and only Ir eland Cap against Hol­land in a 1994 friendly. Clinched pro­mo­tion to the Pre­mier League with the Trot­ters but fell out of favour un­der Bruce Rioch and r eturned to Scot­land with Dundee United. Won an­other pro­mo­tion be­fore see­ing out his play­ing car eer with Mother­well, Dun­fermline and Air­drie. Man­age­rial ca­reer: Be­came player-man­ager of Falkirk along­side John Hughes in 2003 and spent time as a player-coach at both Dundee United and the re­formed Air­drie. Took his first soli­tary man­age­ment job in 2005, tak­ing over at Scot­tish First Di­vi­sion side St John­stone and went on to guide Saints to the League Cup and Scot­tish Cup semi-fi­nals, while narr owly miss­ing out on pro­mo­tion to the Scot­tish Pre­mier League in 2006-07 sea­son. Moved to Burn­ley in Novem­ber 2007, lead­ing the Clar ets to League Cup wins over Chelsea and Arse­nal and pro­mo­tion to the Pre­mier League through the play-offs in 2009. Joined Bolton in Jan­uary 2010 and took the Trot­ters to the FA Cup semi­fi­nal in his sec­ond sea­son. Rel­e­gated by one point af­ter draw­ing 2-2 with Stoke on the fi­nal day of the 2011-12 sea­son and sacked by Bolton with the club 18th in the Cham­pi­onship. Ap­pointed Wi­gan man­ager in June 2013.

VIN­TAGE CLARET: Owen Coyle af­ter win­ning the play-offs with Burn­ley in 2009

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