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It was interesting news from America to waken to this morning, news that Houston Dynamo have parted company with their manager Owen Coyle.

Needless to say, he’s dressed it up with comments about missing his family but the reason he’s lost the job is because his tenure in Houston has been a disaster and he leaves them bottom of the league.

It’s his third sacking since October 2012, firstly at Bolton, then at Wigan after just a few months, and now at Houston where he’d just embarked on his second season after a disappointing 2015 season that saw him fortunate to keep control.

I was only a few days ago reading an interview with Michael Duff who was comparing the different promotion teams he’d been involved in at Burnley. He described the current squad as the most professional he’d ever worked with but of Coyle’s promotion team, he said: “We were the most unprofessional group of footballers you’ve ever seen. Somehow, by hook or by crook, we produced. We used to eat donuts on a Friday and drink cans of coke but whatever the formula was for that it worked.”

It did work, but that was seven years ago and it’s not worked for Coyle since. He said on arrival in Houston that he’d opted for America because it was going to be one of the world’s biggest leagues, the truth was that he wasn’t going to land himself another job in England.

I doubt even the club supposedly ten years ahead of us, the club where he was a twelve goal legend, would even touch him now.

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