Wigan Sack Rosler After Bolton Defeat

  • November 13, 2014 | By Chris Mann
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Following their 3-1 defeat at Bolton last Friday, Wigan Athletic have made the decision to sack first-team manager Uwe Rosler.

Rosler was appointed as the successor to Owen Coyle in December 2013, with the Latics placed 14th in the Championship table.

A remarkable run of form in the second-half of the campaign saw Wigan qualify for the play-offs, where they would go on to lose to eventual-winners Queens Park Rangers at the semi-final stage.

Tipped by many as one of the favourites to achieve automatic promotion this season, they currently find themselves in the bottom three, one point from safety, following defeat at Macron Stadium last week.

A statement on Wigan's official website, from chairman Dave Whelan, said: "I have thought long and hard about this. I have thought about little else for days in fact. Initially my thoughts were that Uwe should be given more time. He is a good manager and I like him immensely as a person, he is honest, passionate and clearly works day and night to try and earn success for the team.

"Following the incredible achievements of last season, I felt it was the right thing to do that he should be given more time. However, the situation we find ourselves in at the moment, and the run of results in recent months, really has been alarming. Something is clearly not working. For whatever reason, the team is not gelling, despite substantial financial backing in the summer and the dressing room being blessed with a huge amount of quality.

"Therefore, I have now come to the reluctant conclusion that for the long term good of the club, we need a change.

"Uwe is a good man and a good manager and he will bounce back, I am sure of that. We thank him for his efforts with us, I could not have wished to appoint a more committed and hard-working manager and we sincerely wish him all the best in his future career.

"But now the search begins immediately for a replacement."

Rosler's assistant manager, Graham Barrow, will take charge of first-team affairs in the interim, as the Latics look to appoint their third manager in less than 18 months.

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