Owen Coyle appointed head coach of Jamshedpur FC

Owen Coyle had been the chief architect of Chennaiyin's remarkable turnaround last season. Faheem Hussain / SPORTZPICS for ISL

Jamshedpur FC on Friday appointed former Chennaiyin manager Owen Coyle as their new head coach ahead of the upcoming Indian Super League season.

The 54-year-old Coyle had propelled Chennaiyin FC to a runners-up finish last season, despite them having been at the bottom of the league when he had taken charge midway through their campaign.

"It's going to be a huge challenge. Young Indian players are hugely important. We have to stand together. I'll make sure that when they speak about ISL, they speak about Jamshedpur FC. I want to bring success to this wonderful club," Coyle said. Speaking about which areas he wanted to improve he said, "We're looking at all areas. The most important factor at the end of the day is to score goals. We are working very hard to secure a good goal scorer. I am very excited to play with Indian players. They are so hard working." "My aim is to put together a winning squad on the field that enjoys, wins, & puts a smile on your face. A team that plays good football, represents the fans and makes them proud," he added.

Coyle will be Jamshedpur FC's fourth manager in the fourth year of its existence in the ISL. The club secured fifth spots under Steve Coppell and Cesar Ferrando in their first two seasons, followed by an eighth-place finish under Antonio Iriondo last time.

During his playing career, Coyle played for several clubs in England and Scotland, including the likes of Bolton Wanderers and Motherwell FC. He made one appearance for the Ireland national team.

He has previously managed English premiership teams -- Burnley and Bolton Wanderers -- and helped the former get promoted to the Premier League in 2009.