Owen Coyle the new Wigan Athletic manager

Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan has stayed true to his word and announced that former Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle will be the new manager at the club replacing Roberto Martinez.

Whelan stated: "If anyone can get us back to the Premier League, I think Owen is the manager to do it."

The 49-year old has been out of work since October last year after a difficult end to his reign in charge of Bolton after the club were relegated from the Premier League and started slowly during their return to the Championship.

Coyle has previous experience at St. Johnstone and Burnley, where he led the club to the Premier League through the playoffs, which gives Whelan hope he can do it again with the Latics.

Wigan are planning for life back in the Championship this season after being recently relegated and looking at a new era at the club after Roberto Martinez moved on to Everton last month.

His first job in charge of the club will be to hold on to the likes of Arouna Kone, James McCarthy and Callum McManaman to name a few to ensure an instant return to England's top flight.

He will be officially announced shortly, and details of the length of contract have yet to be finalised.

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