Familiar names: Monk, Coyle, Di Matteo take over Championship sides
Three very different journeys have taken former Premier League managers back to English football, as Garry Monk, Roberto Di Matteo, and Owen Coyle are headed to Championship clubs.
After quitting Houston Dynamo last week, Coyle has found a home at Blackburn Rovers. It’s the 49-year-old’s third stop since his firing from Bolton in 2012.
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Di Matteo won a Champions League-FA Cup double for Chelsea before spending time at Schalke. He’ll take the reigns at Aston Villa as owner Tony Xia looks to boost the Midlands club directly back to the Premier League.
A surprise hiring at Swansea City following the firing of Michael Laudrup, Monk had a strong start to his career as a manager before being fired early this year. The 37-year-old Monk is the latest hire at Leeds United, a club that had seen 7 men at the helm since April 2013.
The Championship will be some story to follow next year, with that well-known trio joining Rafa Benitez, Alex Neil, Chris Hughton and Steven Caldwell as second-tier bosses. Promotion is not a certainty for any club.