Coyle springs into action at Latics

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OWEN Coyle has officially been unveiled as the new Wigan Athletic manager.

The Scot, flanked by Dave Whelan and chief executive Jonathan Jackson, addressed the media at a packed press conference this afternoon at the DW Stadium where he outlined his plans for the future, including returning to the Premier League.

New Wigan Athletic manager Owen Coyle (left) and Chairman Dave Whelan

New Wigan Athletic manager Owen Coyle (left) and Chairman Dave Whelan

Coyle said: “I feel this is the right job and I’m really looking forward to starting work at this fantastic club.

“The chairman has backed managers in the past to bring players in and we need to add to an already talented squad.

“Roberto Martinez is a great manager but I believe in my own abilities. I managed against him eight times and only lost once.”

On his Bolton ties Coyle said: “I won’t be judged on the past. I will be judged on what happens at Wigan Athletic.”

Dave Whelan said: “Owen’s enthusiasm bursts out of him and you can see how excited he is to get started. I think he is the man for the club and everything about him made me want to bring him here.

“I will back Owen 110 per cent. He wants more players and I have told him ‘yes’.

“Any money we receive from player sales will be given to Owen to spend in the transfer market. Our top priority is promotion.”

Coyle added: “In the Europa League we have to make an impression on people and show them what a brilliant club this is.”