Owen Coyle says Blackburn's 'big name' will attract players

Owen Coyle - Wigan Athletic Manager

Blackburn Rovers signed Anthony Stokes earlier today, and Owen Coyle believes the club’s stature will appeal to players.

Owen Coyle - Wigan Athletic ManagerOwen Coyle

Owen Coyle has told the Lancashire Telegraph that Blackburn Rovers’ ‘big name’ will attract players to club.

Rovers signed former Celtic striker Anthony Stokes earlier on today, after he had been released by the Glasgow club after a loan spell at Hibernian.

Anthony Stokes celebrates after scoring the first goal for HibernianAnthony Stokes celebrates after scoring the first goal for Hibernian in the Scottish Cup final

Stokes helped Hibs overcome their disappointment at missing out on promotion by helping the club win the Scottish Cup, their first silverware for over one hundred years, and a match in which Stokes was man of the match.

And Coyle, speaking before the announcement of the signing of Stokes, believes that Blackburn can appeal to the best players because of their name and stature in the game.

Wigan Athletic's manager Owen CoyleCoyle will be looking to make further additions at Blackburn

“The reputation of this club, in terms of the facilities and the supporters, is an attraction for anybody,” said Coyle.

“Blackburn Rovers is a big name in football as far as I’m concerned. The facilities are state of the art, there are good people at the club, working hard, who have been doing it for many years.

“And from a footballing perspective they know they’re coming to a manager who wants to play, who wants to pass and move the ball, and who wants to win and entertain people at the same time.”

Blackburn finished 15th last season, winning just 13 of 46 matches and scoring only 46 goals.

Bolton Wanderers' Liam Feeney and Leeds United's Charlie Taylor in actionLiam Feeney is also linked with Blackburn

Rovers fans will be hoping that Stokes can help to improve their potency in front of goal, and they will also be keen to see more players of his calibre join the club.

Coyle is said to be hoping to press on in the transfer market, with another couple of strikers, a winger and a creative midfielder all high on his list of priorities, with Liam Feeney one such player thought to be closing in on a move to Ewood Park.


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