Mike Phelan in frame to replace Owen Coyle at Wigan
Monday 02 December 2013
Former Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan is the early favourite to take over from Owen Coyle after his departure was confirmed by Wigan.
Phelan was in the frame to replace Roberto Martinez at the FA Cup holders in the summer but chairman Dave Whelan opted for the former Bolton manager instead. However, after a poor run of results that has seen Wigan lose four of their last five matches in all competitions – culminating in Sunday's 3-1 home defeat to Steve McClaren's Derby County – Coyle has left by mutual agreement just six months after he was appointed. He is the 18th managerial change of the season in the Premier League and Football League.
"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," Coyle said. "I am confident that with this set of players, the team can keep moving in the right direction."
Whelan claimed last night that he did not sack Coyle having said he was happy with the Scot's start at the club only a week ago. "I had a meeting with him after the [Derby] match and I told him I was disappointed in his performance, the performance of the team and I was disappointed in the team selection," Whelan said.
"Owen said did I want him to resign. I said 'yes'. If you'll resign, obviously we've got to pay compensation, etc. But I accepted it and he's resigned."
Latest in Sport
What time does Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao begin and what channel is it on?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao live: Mayweather puts on defensive masterclass to win by unanimous decision
What time does Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao begin on Sky Sports Box Office?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: What time does the fight start and what channel is it on?
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Only 132 pubs in the United Kingdom will show the fight - so where can you watch it?
- 1 Which country would be hardest to invade?
- 3 The man who filmed the Freddie Gray video has been arrested at gunpoint
- 4 How the language you speak changes your view of the world
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
Indonesia executions live: 'Hysterical' families heard prisoners being shot dead by firing squad
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: SNP and its activists 'openly racist' towards the English, Farage says
EU exit would hit UK economy much harder than neighbouring countries, study finds