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Ex-Wigan, Bolton boss Coyle looking to 'punch above weight' with Houston Dynamo

Owen Coyle insists he is planning to perform against the odds with new club Houston Dynamo.

The former Wigan Athletic and Bolton manager was named as head coach of the MLS side this week and although he admits he has plenty to learn about the league, he is hoping to achieve a lot of success in Texas.

Coyle revealed that he may find it difficult to work under MLS' salary cap rules but indicated that he has full faith in general manager Matt Jordan to bring in the right players during the off-season.

"There's a lot that's new to me," Coyle said.

"It's different from back home. At any given time, you've got X amount and you can use that to go get a player. That's something where Matt is huge, and that's something he's comfortable with and can use that knowledge.

"The other thing we have to understand is that we're not the biggest club in MLS, but what we can do is be the best within our structure if everybody has the same agenda.

"As a player and a coach, I've always punched above my weight, and it's something I look forward to, and as I said before, have huge excitement to do it."

During his playing career, Scottish-born striker Coyle played for such clubs as Dundee United, Motherwell, Airdrieonians and Falkirk before a managerial career which has seen him lead Falkirk, St Johnstone, Burnley, Bolton and Wigan.

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