Owen Coyle Named As Wigan Boss

  • June 14, 2013 | By Chris Mann
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Former Bolton boss Owen Coyle has been named as the new manager of Wigan Athletic.

Coyle has been out of work since being sacked by Wanderers last October after a disappointing start to life in the Championship, following their relegation from the Premier League.

The 46-year-old will succeed Roberto Martinez at the DW Stadium, when his move to Everton officially goes through on July 1st.

Latics chairman Dave Whelan says the finer details of Coyle's contract are yet to be finalised, but admits the former Burnley boss will be unveiled as their new manager.

"I have agreed a deal in principle with Owen and his agent is now with our chief executive to finalise the deal," Whelan told BBC Sport. "But as far as I'm concerned, we have sorted it and I hope the rest will be sorted in the next hour.

"I've told him 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.

"He wasn't so successful at Bolton but he had a lot of injuries and bad luck. People forget that. You need luck on times but he's certainly got the passion, energy and enthusiasm I was looking for."

Whelan has confirmed Coyle will be handed a 12-month rolling contract at Wigan, in an attempt to curb the club's finances after their own drop from the Premier League last month.

"When you're in a situation like we are at Wigan and have just been relegated from the Premier League, the amount of money we receive is going to go down," he said.

"So I can't commit to telling a manager I'm going to pay him a certain amount for so many years as we have to be careful. Wigan is a special club and we are run a certain way and I will take no risks."

After a brief spell in charge at Falkirk in 2003, Coyle made his name in management during a 19-month spell at St Johnstone between April 2006 and November 2007. He was named Burnley manager shortly afterwards and took the Clarets into the Premier League in May 2009.

He made a controversial decision to leave Turf Moor in January 2010 in order to take over at Bolton, but he helped the Trotters remain in the top flight while his former club dropped into the Championship.

Wanderers finished 14th in Coyle's first full season in charge at the Reebok Stadium, as well as making it to an FA Cup semi-final. They were relegated the following year, however, and a poor start to the 2012/13 campaign saw him sacked after a near three-year spell in charge.

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