Thursday May 26th, 2016

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Houston Dynamo head coach Owen Coyle has left the team, effective immediately, the Dynamo announced on Wednesday night.

According to the release, Coyle requested to leave and be closer to his family in England, a wish the team granted. 

“I asked Chris (Canetti) 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,” Coyle said in a statement. “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.”

“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,” Dynamo president Chris Canetti said. “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.”

Coyle, a native of Scotland and former manager of English clubs Burnley, Bolton and Wigan Athletic, went 14–21–11 in 46 games as Dynamo head coach.
 
Assistant coach Sandy Stewart has also left the team, with assistants Wade Barrett, Paul Caffrey and Paul Rogers set to share managerial duties in the interim, beginning with Saturday’s game against the Vancouver Whitecaps. The club has yet to officially announce a plan for the rest of the season.

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