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Championship: Wigan sack manager Owen Coyle after less than six months following defeat against Derby


Owen Coyle has parted ways with Wigan Athletic after less than six months in charge of the FA Cup holders.

Four defeats in five, including a loss in the Europa League on Thursday, and a 3-1 defeat at home to Derby on Sunday, have led to the Scot being given the axe at the DW Stadium.

Coyle only took charge in June, with the club reeling with the bittersweet events of last season, which saw them lift the FA Cup and suffer relegation from the Premier League in quick succession. Coyle replaced his predecessor Roberto Martinez when he joined Everton. 

Wigan have made an indifferent start in the Championship, currently 14th in the league, six points from the play-offs. They have had the added pressure of playing in the Europa League for the first time. Wigan looked likely to qualify from their group before two defeats against Rubin Kazan and Zulte Waregem have left Wigan dependent on results elsewhere if they are to reach the knockout stages.

A statement released on Monday by the club has confirmed that Coyle has left the club, saying his goodbyes at the club's training ground this morning. 

Speaking to the club's website, Coyle said, "It is with great sadness that we have made this decision. 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."

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