Wigan Athletic have sacked Warren Joyce as their head coach just four months after he was brought into the club as confirmed by the club website.

The Latics return to the Sky Bet Championship wasn’t going as well as the club’s ownership wanted when they decided to sack previous boss Gary Caldwell and replace him with Joyce, who was then the U21s manager of Manchester United. But this also hasn’t gone to plan as they have only won five times since his appointment four months ago and they still remain in the relegation zone. And so the club has decided to part ways with Joyce and look for their third manager of the season.

Now until a new manager can be found, Joyce’s assistant manager Graham Barrow will be in charge and there is a chance he will be taking the team for their game against Aston Villa at the weekend. He will be tasked with stabilising the side after the second sacking of the year.

Following the sacking, Wigan chairman David Sharpe said: “It is unfortunate that we have made this decision but with the team in such a perilous position in the league, we need to act now because we cannot afford to fall any further behind.”

“Warren was appointed with the future in mind in terms of developing players but preserving our Championship status is the absolute priority and we have a duty to do whatever gives us the best chance of doing that. “
“Results and performances have simply not been up to standard often enough in recent matches and although we acknowledge the difficulties faced in managing a team in a league where we are competing against clubs with much larger budgets, the nature of some of our recent defeats, especially against close rivals, has fallen short in terms of what we as a club, and all our supporters, expect.”

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