Wigan Athletic manager Owen Coyle sacked after 23 games

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Following 3 home defeats in a row, Wigan Athletic decide it’s time to part ways with manager Owen Coyle – who had only been in charge of the club for less than six months.

Coyle’s 23-game spell in charge of the Latics came to an end yesterday when they were beaten 3-1 at home by Derby County, resulting in their third successive home loss in 9 days. Chairman Dave Whelan met up with Owen Coyle after the game on Sunday and the pair agreed that it was the correct time for them to part company.

After the news had broken out, Coyle had this to say “It is with great sadness that we have made this decision and I would like to thank all my football staff and the staff at the club, who have been very supportive of me in my time here. I am confident that with this set of players, the team can keep moving in the right direction.”

Wigan will be on the lookout again for a new long-term manager that will point them back in the right direction, with Ian Holloway being the early favourite to replace the Scotsman. In the meantime, it has been announced that first-team coach Graham Barrow and assistant manager Sandy Stewart will take charge of the team on their trip to Leeds United this Wednesday night.

The next match will prove to be of great importance for both teams as a win could move Leeds United up to 5th place, whereas a win for Wigan could move them into the top half of the table.