Houston Dynamo part ways with Owen Coyle



The Houston Dynamo have parted ways with head coach Owen Coyle. Officially, his departure comes by mutual agreement, with the Scottish manager seeking to be closer to his family.

The Dynamo are currently in last place in the Western Conference after 12 games this season. Coyle had a 14-21-11 regular season record in Houston dating back to the start of 2015. The team failed to make the playoffs for the second straight year and are on pace to make it a third.

Coyle was only the second head coach in Dynamo history; his predecessor, Dominic Kinnear, won two MLS Cups in nine years before returning to San Jose after the 2014 season.

In the immediate term, Coyle will be replaced by a trio of assistants for Houston’s game on Saturday in Vancouver. Wade Barrett, Paul Caffrey, and Paul Rogers will share the coaching responsibilities. After next Thursday’s game in Dallas, the Dynamo will have a two week break during which to make a permanent hire, while MLS is off for Copa America.

There were recent rumors that Celtic were interested in Coyle, but those were squashed by Houston and the Scottish giants have since hired Brendan Rodgers.