Coyle ends Staggies stint

02 March 2018 03:52:23 EST

Owen Coyle has decided to resign from his position as the manager of Ross County just over five months after taking on the role in Dingwall.

The former Bolton Wanderers boss had signed a two-year contract with the Staggies when he was appointed at the end of September 2017.

Coyle's assistant manager, Sandy Stewart, has also left the club with immediate effect.

Coyle said: "Myself and the Chairman had a chat on Monday and, after some reflective thought, I felt for the good of Ross County - and the challenging situation with my family being in England - it was in everyone's best interests for me to offer my resignation, which the Chairman duly accepted."

Coyle, who left Blackburn Rovers just over 12 months ago, has also managed St Johnstone, Burnley, Bolton, Wigan Athletic and Houston Dynamo in the last 12 years.

Ross County moved from the Highland League to the third division of the Scottish League in 1994/95 and made steady progress until they secured promotion to the top-flight of Scottish football in 2012/13.

They are struggling to avoid relegation this season though after finishing fifth, seventh, ninth, sixth and seventh in the last five campaigns.

Ross County are 5/4 to beat Partick on Saturday while a victory for Thistle is available at 11/5.

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