Two-year deal

Coyle appointed new manager of Ross County

Owen Coyle

Owen Coyle has replaced Jim McIntyre as manager of Ross County (pic: SNS Group)

Ross County have appointed Owen Coyle as their new manager on a two-year contract.

The Premiership side surprised many when it sacked Jim McIntyre on Monday after a three-year spell in Dingwall, during which time he won the League Cup.

Despite that success last year, McIntyre and his assistant Billy Dodds paid the price for a poor start to the current season, County sitting third bottom of the table after seven games.

However, the Staggies have moved swiftly to fill the void and Coyle starts his new job with immediate effect.

The 51-year-old was most recently in charge of Blackburn Rovers, but has also managed Burnley in the English Premier League as well as Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic. He also enjoyed a spell with Houston Dynamo in the United States.

His last managerial job in Scotland was at St Johnstone ten years ago.

Coyle will be joined in the Highlands by long-time No. 2 Sandy Stewart and the pair’s first game in charge will be away to Kilmarnock on Saturday.

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