Owen Coyle to be announced as new Wigan manager
Owen Coyle is set to take over as the boss of Wigan Athletic, it’s been announced today.
June 14th, 2013
Following the appointment of Roberto Martinez as Everton manager in the on-going game of musical management chairs, Coyle will take charge of the relegated FA Cup winners as they attempt to return to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Wigan’s 11-year spell in the top flight came to an end last month, but the Latics can look forward to at least six matches against foreign opposition as group stage participants in the Europa League; their reward for a thrilling victory against Man City in the FA Cup final.
Former Bolton and Burnley boss Owen Coyle continues his run of managerial roles in the Greater Manchester area knowing that while a few handy wins against difficult opposition in their first ever European campaign would seal his reputation, the top priority will be The Championship where his new side are 4-1 for immediate promotion back to the Premier League despite some tricky competition from heavy-spending sides such as QPR, and the usual suspects Bolton and Leicester there or thereabouts.
A former player for the Trotters, Coyle was relieved of his duties ten games into last season after only three wins of a post-relegation campaign. The other rumoured favourite was Steve McLaren, who left Dutch side FC Twente for the second time in February.
Chairman Dave Whelan told BBC Sport yesterday of speaking with “some great lads” about the role, but had expected to have found his man today.