Wigan Sack Coyle

December 2, 2013 by  

Wigan Sack Coyle, Owen Coyle has been sacked as Wigan Athletic manager following a meeting with chairman Dave Whelan, the club have confirmed.

The former Bolton manager was summoned for talks with Whelan after his side were beaten 3-1 by Derby — their third defeat at home in the space of nine days.

Wigan were three goals down inside the first 29 minutes having also lost to Brighton and Zulte Wargem in little over a week, and the side were subject to a fan revolt and calls for Coyle’s head.

The defeat left Wigan, who were relegated from the Premier League last season, 14th in the Championship, 16 points off the top.

After the defeat, Coyle had hit out at what he considered to be the inflated expectations of his side’s fans.

“The expectation can only come from being in the Premier League because it’s not as if Wigan Athletic have been winning games every week for four or five years, far from it,” he said. “Wigan Athletic have been in the bottom three and managed a few times to escape and they’ve done brilliantly to do that.”

However, after the club revealed the news of his departure, Coyle said: “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.”

First team coach and former manager Graham Barrow and assistant manager Sandy Stewart will take charge of the team for the visit to Leeds United on Wednesday night.

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