The Owen Coyle era is over in Houston. According to Houston Chronicle columnist Corey Roepken and multiple reports, the Dynamo and Coyle have parted ways immediately. Coyle wants to be closer to family in England. Coyle finishes his tenure in Houston with a 14-21-11 record in 46 games. Houston was 2-16-5 on the road under Coyle.
BREAKING: Dynamo and coach Owen Coyle have parted ways effective immediately. Official reason is he wants to be closer to family in England.— Corey Roepken (@RipSports) May 26, 2016
Coyle released the following statement:
“I asked Chris if I could speak with him today and I explained to him the challenge of being away from my family and how we all want the best for Houston Dynamo. I want to wish all members of the staff, from owner Gabriel Brener to president Chris Canetti to general manager Matt Jordan, everyone has been such a source of support, along with the players and the technical staff. I’d like to thank the Dynamo supporters, who have been outstanding. We have a brilliant club, and I have no doubt success is just around the corner.”
Houston Dynamo president Chris Canetti released the following statement:
“It is unfortunate that we were unable to achieve the goals we set forth together and that we find ourselves mutually parting ways as a result of many professional and personal circumstances. Without a doubt, Owen brought many great qualities to the club since his arrival 18 months ago and made a positive impression on the people around him. He is an excellent coach and an even better person, and I wish him and his terrific family nothing but the best going forward.”
A replacement has yet to be named but assistant coaches Wade Barrett, Paul Caffrey, and Paul Rogers will manage the Dynamo's game Saturday in Vancouver. Assistant Sandy Stewart has also elected to leave the club. Former team captain Barrett could be in line for the permanent job alongside names like Jason Kreis and Frank Klopas. RGVFC head coach Wilmer Cabrera, who last coached in MLS at Chivas USA (with Cubo Torres), is also a name to look out for.