Re­in­force­ments next up on Coyle’s agenda

Staggies: New man­ager to sup­ple­ment squad with free agents

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - SPORT -

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.”

Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic (football) – – Kelechi Iheana­cho (football) –

BY ANDY SKIN­NER

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