Coyle takes over a Wigan Athletic

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Coyle takes over a Wigan Athletic
Owen Coyle has been appointed the new manager of FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic.

Owen Coyle has been appointed the new manager of FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic.

Wigan won the FA Cup last season but was relegated from the English Premier League after finishing 18th. Former manager Roberto Martinez left to become manager of Everton after David Moyes quit to replace Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

After managing St Johnstone in the Scottish First Division, Coyle took over at Burnley in November 2007, Coyle guided Burnley to promotion in 2009, then moved to Bolton in January 2010.

With his mother Frances a native of Glaserchoo in Gortahork, and his late father Owen from Gweedore, Coyle qualified to play for the Republic of Ireland during his own playing days, when he lined up for a number of clubs including Bolton Wanderers, Dundee United and Motherwell.

He made just one appearance for Jack Charlton’s side, in a 1994 friendly against Holland in Tilburg, which Ireland won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Tommy Coyne.