Owen Coyle’s shock departure as Wigan Athletic boss after just six months in charge at DW Stadium

By Colin Rhodes

Owen Coyle has left Wigan Athletic by mutual consent after just six months in charge at the DW Stadium.

The Scotsman, who took over from Roberto Martinez following his departure to Everton, has won just seven of his 23 games in charge and the team have struggled to find any consistency so far this season.

The Latics have lost their last three games, including the last two at home, and currently sit in 14th place in the Championship.

The 3-1 home defeat to Derby yesterday was the final straw for owner Dave Whelan.

The Wigan website said: “Wigan Athletic have announced that following a meeting with Chairman Dave Whelan, Owen Coyle has left his post as club manager by mutual agreement.”

Both Dave Whelan and Owen Coyle have agreed that this is the right course of action in the best interests of both parties.

Owen 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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