Queen’s Park hopes Owen Coyle can help secure promotion

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Owen Coyle will be involved in promoting Queen’s Park after being confirmed as the club’s new head coach.

The former St Johnstone, Burnley, Bolton and Ross County manager will officially take over on June 1, but current club Jamshedpur have cleared the club to start before then.

Coyle recently led Jamshedpur to the Indian Super League Shield at the end of the regular season.

The 55-year-old said: “I really enjoyed my time at a wonderful Indian Super League club but it was time for me to come home and I’m delighted to be joining an ambitious and progressive club at Queen’s. Park.

“The club’s ambitions are really exciting and the structure put in place appealed to me enormously.

“We have tremendous talent at the club, and we will be looking to attract and develop more of it, so the challenge for me is one I look forward to.”

The Ligue 1 cinch club have been in the hunt for a new head coach since the sacking of Laurie Ellis and assistant Grant Murray on December 31. Peter Grant Jnr and Gardner Spiers have been coaching the team ever since, with director of football Marijn Beuker overseeing things.

The Spiders have won just three of 12 games since, but hold the play-off positions in fourth, three points ahead of Falkirk.

Managing Director Leeann Dempster said: “First of all, we would like to thank Jamshedpur for the generous manner in which they behaved throughout our discussions.

“With their agreement, and although it does not officially start until June 1, Owen will be able to help us prepare our teams for the last games of the season.

“We are delighted to have found a head coach with Owen’s experience and expertise.

“He grew up in the Scottish game, both player and manager, but has also added tremendous international experience and brings all this wealth of knowledge to our club as we continue our journey towards building a unique club that makes proud fans from time to time on the pitch.

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