Reinforcements next up on Coyle’s agenda
Staggies: New manager to supplement squad with free agents
Ross County manager Owen Coyle hopes to add to his squad by bringing in free agents.
Coyle got off to a winning start with the Staggies after replacing Jim McIntyre last week, securing a 2-0 victory against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Saturday.
County’s next game is not until they host Hearts on October 14 due to the international break and Coyle plans on using the time to assess his newly-inherited squad. The former Burnley and Bolton Wanderers manager is refusing to rule out the possibility of bolstering his squad prior to the January transfer window by bringing in out of contract players.
He said: “We are going to assess the players because everyone has got their own flavour of players.
“My flavour is probably different from what other managers like in their team.
“If we can look to add even between now and the next transfer window, if there are some free agents I feel can help us, the chairman has intimated he would be willing to help me do that.
“In the meantime, it’s only fair I give this group the chance in the coming month or so to see what they’re all about.
“Whether we had won, lost or drawn the game it doesn’t change the programme we’ve got.
“The international break is important to us because it’s valuable time to work with the players on a daily basis and get to know them.
“We will get to know the characters – there will be the life and soul of the party, the serious ones and the quiet ones.
“We will get to know them all as men because we’re all different and sometimes players need to be treated differently.”
County were hampered by the loss of leading scorer Liam Boyce in the summer with the 24-goal attacker leaving to join English Championship side Burton Albion in a £500,000 deal.
Coyle believes he can find a way to replace Boyce’s goals within the Dingwall squad.
He said: “We have got players in the team that can score goals. Missing Liam from last season was always going to be a challenge for Ross County – there’s no doubt about it.
“Within the team we can find solutions to that and that’s what we need to do.”
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