Owen Coyle backs Derek McInnes in Bristol City role

Derek McInnes
McInnes was appointed as Bristol City manager on Wednesday

Bolton manager Owen Coyle believes Derek McInnes will prosper as the new boss of Bristol City.

Then player-coach McInnes succeeded Coyle as St Johnstone manager in 2007 following his departure to Burnley.

"There's no doubt it's a great challenge but he's a young, hungry manager," Coyle told BBC Radio Bristol.

"He's certainly better than he was when he took over from me at St Johnstone and come this time next year he'll be a better manager again."

McInnes is perfect fit for City - Coyle

While Coyle was winning plaudits for turning round Burnley's fortunes and guiding them to the Premier League, McInnes was emulating his success in the Scottish leagues.

McInnes lead the Saints to promotion to the SPL in his second year in charge and has kept them in the top-flight since.

He left McDiarmid Park on Thursday to take his first managerial role in England, with Bristol City rock bottom of the Championship.

"He's everything that Bristol City crave at the moment," Coyle continued.

"People will look at the league position and they know, we all know, they are better than that and that will show in the coming months because he will pick them up and they'll move on.

"Football wise there's nothing that he doesn't know about the game. But more than that he has tremendous people skills, he's very much a man-manager.

"He's very hands on and he likes his players to go out and express themselves and believe in themselves.

"He turned down Brentford in the summer which was a big decision and he's had advances and opportunities from other clubs in his time. I think he knew that when Bristol City came in that it was the right thing for him and I believe it was the right thing as well.

"I've got no doubts he will really take them forward with momentum, he's one of the best you'll find."

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