OWEN Coyle is intent on adding further firepower to his attacking arsenal – but the Blackburn Rovers boss believes he already possesses the quality and flexibility needed to decide the tightest of Championship matches.

Coyle, who turns 50 today, has signed strikers Danny Graham and Anthony Stokes, winger Liam Feeney, and midfield playmaker Jack Byrne since taking over the Ewood Park hotseat at the start of last month.


The quartet made their first appearances for Rovers in the 1-0 win over SV Ried on Saturday which came at the end of the club’s week-long training camp in Austria.

Fellow attackers Ben Marshall, Craig Conway, Elliott Bennett, Connor Mahoney and John O’Sullivan also appeared in the Keine Sorgen Arena clash as Coyle tested out different formations ahead of the big kick-off on August 6.

The former Republic of Ireland international is hoping to sign a striker with pace before the opener at home to Norwich City as well as a left-back and a third goalkeeper.

But Coyle said: “What I think we’ve got are players who I hope can change tight games. Players who have that bit of quality.

“But I also think we have the personnel that will allow us to make changes in a game if need be.

“We can be 4-4-2, we can be 4-2-3-1, we can be 4-4-1-1, whatever way we want to put it.

“We do have different dimensions, we do have different facets to our play, and we do have good players.

“Obviously we still want to try and add to those good players but again that comes down to a number of things, like availability and the finance being available at the right time and such forth.

“But we will leave no stone unturned.”

Coyle is now in his third full week of working with the Rovers players and, as well as the ones he has brought in, he has been impressed by the ones he has inherited.

“I’ve been delighted with them and I think when you see the XI I started with (against SV Ried), apart from Stephen Hendrie, they were the boys who were here last year,” said Coyle, whose side head to Morecambe on Saturday for a three-team tournament involving the hosts and Bury.

“There’s good quality here. I knew that anyway. I watched a number of Blackburn Rovers games when I was back last year from America, including the home game with Sheffield Wednesday, and I knew there was quality in the squad.

“It was such an honest performance (against SV Ried) in terms of the work-rate. You’ve got to have that hard work, application and desire.

“And, if we have that, we do have the players with the quality to win us games.

“You saw that (on Saturday) with the goal (scored by Graham). It was such a slick move, resulting in a great goal, and we had other opportunities.

“We were delighted to round off a good, hardworking week.”