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Last Updated: Thursday, 22 November 2007, 12:11 GMT
Coyle named new Burnley manager
Owen Coyle
Coyle impressed as a manager in four seasons of Scottish football
Former St Johnstone boss Owen Coyle has been appointed Burnley's new manager.

Coyle, 41, takes over from Steve Cotterill, who left by mutual consent on 8 November, after the two clubs agreed a figure over compensation.

"Leaving St Johnstone was a wrench because of everything I have done at the club," he said after signing a three-and-a-half-year contract.

"But as soon as Burnley came on the scene it was a no-brainer. It was just too great an opportunity to turn down."

Former Bolton striker Coyle took charge of Saints in 2005, with the Perth club missing out on promotion to the Scottish Premier League in the final seconds of last season.

"I owe them a lot because they have been great. They said they would never stand in my way," he added.

"I know from my time at Bolton many moons ago that the fans here are passionate and now the job is to take the club on."

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Burnley are currently 13th in the Championship and Coyle's first game in charge will be against Stoke on Saturday.

The Clarets had to increase their offer of compensation to St Johnstone but chairman Barry Kilby is delighted to get a man his club claims was offered three SPL managerial posts in the past four seasons.

"There were some outstanding candidates for the post but Owen has all the credentials to make a success of his appointment," Kilby said.

"He is hungry for the opportunity to manage in England after an impressive start to his career in Scotland.

"The fact that Scotland manager Alex McLeish took time out from preparing for his country's huge Euro 2008 qualifier against Italy to sing Owen's praises shows he has the support of some top people."

St Johnstone meet Dunfermline in the Challenge Cup final on Sunday.

Coyle's McDiarmid Park assistant Sandy Stewart will take charge of the team, with help from player/coach Derek McInnes.

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