26th July 2016

Saints welcome back Owen Coyle to the stadium

Saints have their one and only public pre-season outing at McDiarmid Park this evening when they take on Burnley at the stadium with a 7.30pm kick-off.

The Lancashire side are, of course, managed by former Saints boss Owen Coyle who left Perth last November to take up the challenge with the Championship club and last night he spoke to the Saints Official Website from his side’s west of Scotland base.

Explaining how tonight’s fixture ties in the build up to the start of their league season on 9th August Owen says, “We had the players across in the United States to begin the preparations. We enjoyed six days in Carolina and Minnesota and that was mostly all about fitness training although we played a game against a local side in each of those states.

“Since coming back we have worked hard to build to the new season and came up to Scotland on Saturday and have played Queen of the South and Partick Thistle (The Clarets drew in Dumfries and beat Partick Thistle 1-0) and the game against Saints will complete the games in Scotland. We head to Ireland to meet Glentoran next Monday and we have another few games including a visit from Inverness Caley before our season begins away to Sheffield Wednesday.”

Focussing on tonight’s game Owen continues “It is great for Sandy and I to be able to come back to Perth and we are really looking forward to it. It’s an attractive fixture and I know Derek will be looking to get a good result ahead of Saturday’s Challenge Cup opener.”

In terms of playing personnel, Owen is very happy with the way his season is shaping up. His one significant loss was the move of Irish striker Kyle Lafferty to Rangers but he has brought in various new faces including Kevin MacDonald from Dundee and Christian Kalvenes from Dundee United. Other new recruits include Peruvian goalkeeper Diego Penny, striker Martin Paterson who moved from Scunthorpe United in a deal which could total £1.3m and Dutch midfielder Remco Van der Schaaf who has joined from Vitesse Arnhem.

Coyle continues, “I think I have brought in some quality players but I’m still looking to add another couple if I can.”

In summary Owen has no regrets about making the step up to the Championship, saying “Sandy and I love it at Turf Moor. It’s a fantastic club and we are working hard to take it on, similar to what I wanted to do – and feel I did do - with Saints. Just improve things bit by bit and keep taking it on.”

The game tonight kicks-off at 7.30pm. Admission is £10 for adults, £5 concessions and Season Tickets are valid. Please note that segregation will be in force – Saints fans will be in the West Stand and Burnley fans in the North Stand.

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