Former Bolton boss, Owen Coyle, has officially been named as the new Wigan manager following the departure of Roberto Martinez, who left Wigan for Premier League side Everton. Roberto Martinez was a very loyal and good manager for Wigan winning them the FA Cup, yet he could not save them from relegation resulting in him being offered a job with Everton. Owen Coyle, who was with Bolton when they were in the Premier League in 2010 and 2011, has now been appointed as the new Wigan boss with a hope to get immediate promotion back into the world’s best division.
Owen Coyle has big boots to fill as Roberto Martinez was very popular with the fans and the players, but Wigan midfielder James McArthur admitted he is “happy with the new appointment in Owen Coyle.” For the past couple of years Wigan have faced relegation to the Championship, but somehow always survived, apart from last season. The Latics were relegated but managed to defeat Manchester City to win the FA Cup final meaning they will play in the Europa League next season.
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has revealed, “I’ve told Owen Coyle returning to the Premier League is the total and utter priority. It’s fantastic that we are in Europe but that comes second and he knows that the Premier League is where we have to be. It’s been no easy task but Owen has shown enthusiasm and passion from the moment I met him. He’s been there and done it with Burnley.” Coyle will be on a 12 month rolling contract with Wigan Athletic FC.
Owen Coyle was likely to have been picked by Whelan as the new Wigan manager due to the fact that Coyle previously had massive success with Burnley. The Irish Scottish manager was in charge of Burnley for 3 years before he got them promotion to the Premier League and left for Bolton half-way through the season. The next season Bolton reached the semi-final of the FA and finished 14th in the Premier League; but Coyle only survived one more as he was sacked for leading Burnley to relegation.
Author Daniel Foster.
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