WIGAN Athletic look set to confirm the sacking of Owen Coyle today.
Sources close to the Latics boss last night claimed that fan unrest had forced Dave Whelan to make the decision.
A Latics spokesman was unavailable for comment as speculation intensified over Coyle’s axing. His exit was expected to be confirmed today, meaning Wigan begin the hunt for a new manager for the second time in 2013.
Whispers of Coyle’s sacking broke late last night in wake of Wigan’s dismal 3-1 loss at home to Derby County – their third home defeat at the DW Stadium in nine days.
Coyle – only appointed to the role in the summer following Roberto Martinez’s move to Everton – criticised sections of the home support in yesterday’s press conference.
“I’ve got to say, the majority of the support at Wigan Athletic is outstanding, they come and support their club,” he said.
“But there is a section that is ultra-critical not of me, maybe they are as well, but you see the treatment they have given to Jordi Gomez, there’s no place for it in football.
“The majority of our fans are outstanding, they back their club and I’ve said that from day one but there is a small section that want to come and be critical.
“If they want to give it to me then that’s fine, but lay off the players. Jordi Gomez is as brave a player you’ve got in terms of coming and taking the ball in possession and that’s a different type of bravery.
“There’s a bravery of a centre-back who will come and head and go through everything and there’s a bravery of a player who will take the ball in tight situations and Jordi has been terrific. So if they want to come and lay it at the manager’s door then so be it.”