Jack Wilshere to Marcos Alonso - 10 famous players who have been nurtured by Owen Coyle

08:02 EAT 10/03/2022
Jack Wilshere, Marcos Alonso
Owen Coyle recently led Jamshedpur FC to their first-ever ISL League Winners Shield title...

The league stage of the 2021/22 Indian Super League (ISL) has come to an end and Jamshedpur FC have been crowned the champions of the League Winners' Shield.

Coach Owen Coyle is fondly known as 'Miracle Man' in Indian football due to his performance with Chennaiyin FC in the 2019/20 season where he miraculously pulled them up from the bottom of the table and guided them to the final. He has once again weaved his magic at Jamshedpur and won his first title in the country.

One aspect that Coyle has guaranteed is the improvement of young players. Under Chennaiyin FC, the likes of Lallianzuala Chhangte, Edwin Vanspaul, Anirudh Thapa, Vishal Kaith, Laldinliana Renthlei all came under the sptotlight. It has been the case at Jamshedpur as well, with the likes of Boris Singh, Jitendra Singh, Ritwik Das and more shining.

The 55-year-old coach has a history of moulding talent. He has managed clubs like Burnley, Bolton Wanderers, Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers and had the same effect there as well.

During his time in the Premier League, the manager had the privilege of working with some of the talents who went on to become big names later in their career.

From the likes of Jack Wilshere, Daniel Sturridge to Gary Cahill and Marcos Alonso, several star players have plied their trade under his tutelage.

Also, players like Andre Bikey (NorthEast United, Jamshedpur FC and ATK), Danny Fox (East Bengal), Jussi Jääskeläinen (ATK) and Riga Mustapha (Pune FC) played under Coyle who later in their career joined Indian clubs.

Let us take a look at 10 famous players who played under Owen Coyle.

  • Jack Wilshere Arsenal

    Jack Wilshere

    The former Arsenal prodigy spent six months at Bolton Wanderers on loan from the Gunners during the 2009/10 season. In fact, he was one of the first signings of Owen Coyle at the club after the manager joined them in January 2010. Wilshere later played for West Ham and AFC Bournemouth and currently plies his trade with Danish club AGF.

  • Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill

    Gary Cahill

    The former Chelsea defender and England joined the Blues from Bolton in 2012 after spending four seasons at the club. Cahill worked under Owen Coyle for the final two seasons of his stay at Bolton. The 36-year-old defender currently plies his trade at Championship side AFC Bournemouth.

  • Johan Elmander

    Johan Elmander

    The former Sweden international played at Bolton Wanderers from 2008 to 2011 and in the final one-and-a-half years, plied his trade under the tutelage of Coyle. He later played for clubs like Galatasaray and Norwich City. Elmander played 85 international matches and he retired from football in 2017.

  • Daniel Sturridge

    Daniel Sturridge

    The former Chelsea and Liverpool forward spent six months at Bolton on loan from the Blues during the 2010/11 season and at that time, he played under the present Jamshedpur FC boss.

  • Rodrigo Leeds 2021-22


    The Spanish international, who graduated from Real Madrid's academy, played at Bolton on loan under Owen Coyle during the 2010/11 season. Rodrigo Moreno has appeared in 27 international matches for his national side and he currently plays in the Premier League for Leeds United.

  • Marcos Alonso Chelsea Plymouth FA Cup 2021-22

    Marcos Alonso

    The Chelsea full-back joined Bolton Wanderers in 2010 after graduating from Real Madrid's youth system. He played at the club for three seasons and out of them, in two seasons (2010/11 and 2011/12) he worked with Owen Coyle.

  • Ali Al-Habsi - Wigan Athletic

    Ali Al-Habsi

    The Oman international played for several clubs in the Premier League like Bolton, Wigan and West Brom. He played under Owen Coyle at both Bolton and Wigan. Habsi retired from professional football in 2020.

  • David N'Gog

    David N’Gog

    The former PSG and Liverpool forward played at Bolton Wanderers from 2011 to 2014 and during the 2011/12 season, N'Gog played under Owen Coyle. In 2020, he retired from professional football.

  • Scott Carson Manchester City 2020-21

    Scott Carson

    The English goalkeeper has played for clubs like Leeds United and Liverpool in the past and currently plies his trade at Manchester City. He spent two seasons from 2013 to 2015 at Wigan Athletic and during the 2013/14 campaign, he played under the tutelage of Owen Coyle.

  • James McCarthur Crystal Palace 2016

    James McArthur

    The midfielder currently plays for Crystal Palace in the Premier League. McArthur played under Coyle at Wigan Athletic during the 2013/14 season. He has represented the Scottish national side on 32 ocassions.