Owen Coyle looks set to become the new head coach of the Houston Dynamo of MLS, reports in the US claim.
Houston, who finished in a disappointing eight-place in the Eastern Conference this season, have been searching for a new coach since Dominic Kinnear opted to leave for the San Jose Earthquakes in October after nine seasons with the club.
Coyle, 48, has been interviewed multiple times for the role over the past month and, barring any last-minute setbacks, is expected to be unveiled sometime next week, having been chosen over New York Red Bulls assistant Robin Fraser.
The former striker has been out of football since leaving Wigan Athletic last December less than six months into the job, following three straight home losses, but was a candidate to take over from Jose Riga at Blackpool earlier this season.
"At this time it's not appropriate for us to discuss the name of specific candidates in this process,” Dynamo president Chris Canetti told the Houston Chronicle. “However, we are hoping that the process for naming a new Dynamo coach is getting closer to end.”
Coyle first made a name for himself in management after leading unfancied Burnley to the Premier League in 2009, before making the controversial decision to quite the club for Lancashire rivals Bolton Wanderers in the middle of the season.
The Scottish-born boss has one notable tie to Houston, having made former club favourite Stuart Holden his first signing upon joining the Trotters in the winter of 2010.
For what it’s worth, though, one team legend does not appear all that enthusiastic about his impending appointment, with ex-defender Eddie Robinson writing on Twitter upon hearing of the news: "I hope he doesn’t get the job. Sources told me he had some condescending things to say about the Dynamo."