Wigan and Sheffield Wednesday looking for new managers after sacking Coyle and Jones
There were three Championship managers sacked over the weekend, with Barnsley parting company with David Flitcroft
December 2nd, 2013
Wigan Athletic were hoping to make an immediate return to the Premier League this season although Sunday’s 3-1 home defeat against Derby County means the Latics are thirteen points off the automatic promotion places and chairman Dave Whelan has taken decisive action.
Owen Coyle has been relieved of his duties at the DW Stadium roughly a year after Bolton sacked the Scot for failing to achieve the right set of results, with Wigan one of three Championship clubs searching for a new manager after the weekend’s results.
“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,” said Coyle.
“I am confident that with this set of players, the team can keep moving in the right direction.”
Ironically, Coyle beat Steve McClaren to the Wigan job during the summer, with the latter now in charge at Derby and he has steered the Rams into the top six of the Championship.
It was no surprise to see Dave Jones leave Sheffield Wednesday considering that the Owls have won one game all season. A recent 5-2 victory against Reading suggested that the Yorkshire club could revive their fortunes although the weekend’s 2-0 reverse at Blackpool means that there is a vacancy at Hillsborough.
Only one team sit below Wednesday in the table and Barnsley are also manager-less after Saturday’s 3-0 home defeat against Birmingham which sees the Tykes sitting rock bottom of the Championship table.