- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

HOUSTON (AP) - Former Burnley and Bolton manager Owen Coyle has been hired as head coach of Major League Soccer’s Houston Dynamo.

The 48-year-old, who succeeds Dominic Kinnear, was hired by Burnley in England’s second-tier League Championship in November 2007 and earned promotion to the Premier League in May 2009.

He left in January 2010 to manage Bolton, where he signed Dynamo midfielder Stuart Holden and New York Red Bulls defender Tim Ream. Coyle helped Bolton reach the FA Cup semifinals in 2011, but the team was relegated after the 2011-12 season and Coyle was fired that October.

He was hired by Wigan in June 2013 after Roberto Martinez left for Everton but Coyle left that December.

A forward born in Scotland, Coyle made his only appearance for Ireland’s national team in an exhibition at the Netherlands in April 1994.

Coyle’s hiring was announced Tuesday.

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