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Last Updated: Thursday, 12 July 2007, 14:23 GMT 15:23 UK
Coyle signs on for more at Saints
Owen Coyle
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St Johnstone manager Owen Coyle has signed a one-year extension to his contract with the First Division club.

Coyle, who led the Perth side to the semi-finals of both major cup competitions last season, has been with Saints since 2005.

St Johnstone then narrowly lost out on the First Division title to Gretna on the final day of the season.

Coyle is now under contract with the McDiarmid Park outfit until the end of the 2009-10 season.

St Johnstone chairman Geoff Brown expressed his delight at Coyle's willingness to stay in Perth.

"I am obviously delighted that Owen has extended his contract," he told the club's website.

I want to continue our progress and am looking forward to next season

Owen Coyle

"When he joined us his first year was transitional and last season proved to be very exciting.

"Next year, however, will be tougher with an excellent league in prospect.

"Owen has created the sparkle which we hope will bring success. Last season, we played at a level above our division and the players and fans responded well.

"There is an enthusiasm around McDiarmid Park and I remain optimistic regarding promotion to the SPL.

"Financially, it is very difficult in the Scottish Football League with no league sponsor and media income.

"There is always speculation in the media linking Owen with other clubs, but we have had no contact from any other club regarding a managerial vacancy."

Coyle himself was equally effusive about extending his stay at McDiarmid Park.

"I want to continue our progress and am looking forward to next season," he said.

"I have a tremendous relationship with the chairman and managing director and they have given me great backing during my time here."

The manager also looked ahead to his side's promotion challenge in the coming season.

"With regard to next season, we have already replaced players whom we have lost and I am still looking to add to the squad."

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