OWEN COYLE says the decision for him to leave Wigan Athletic was made with “great sadness”.
Coyle took over at the DW Stadium in the summer following Roberto Martinez’s move to Everton.
However the Latics struggled under his leadership – despite dropping down a division – and currently find themselves 14th in the Championship.
They were beaten 3-1 at home by Derby County on Saturday and that proved to be Coyle’s final game in charge, as both parties felt a change of direction was needed.
“I would like to thank all my football staff and the staff at the club, who have been very supportive of me in my time here.
“I am confident that with this set of players, the team can keep moving in the right direction.”
Wigan have placed first team coach Graham Barrow and Coyle’s assistant Sandy Stewart in temporary charge for Wednesday’s game with Leeds United.