Neil Warnock has admitted he was “delighted” when Latics appointed Warren Joyce – because he didn’t think they could be a threat.
Warnock’s Cardiff City were just a point above Wigan Athletic when ex-Manchester United youth coach Joyce took charge in November.
I like Warren but you can’t just put someone into the Championship who’s never been there
They have since climbed to 13th while Latics remain in the bottom-three, with just nine games to go – including the visit of Cardiff next month.
“No disrespect but when Wigan appointed him, I was delighted,” Warnock told BBC Radio Wales.
“I didn’t think they were going to be a threat to us.
“I like Warren but you can’t just put someone into the Championship who’s never been there - it’s nothing like youth football.”
Graham Barrow will be at the helm for the rest of the season following the sacking of Joyce yesterday.