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Wigan part company with Coyle

Wigan Athletic have parted company with Owen Coyle after less than six months in charge of the Championship club.

Coyle's 23-game spell in charge of the Latics came to an end following Sunday's 3-1 defeat to Derby County, their third home loss in nine days.

The Scot met with chairman Dave Whelan after the Derby defeat and the pair agreed to part company.

Coyle said: "It is with great sadness that we have made this decision and 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."

First-team coach Graham Barrow and assistant manager Sandy Stewart will take charge of the team for Wednesday's trip to Leeds United.

Wigan were unbeaten in their first 10 home games under Coyle but they have suffered successive defeats to Brighton, Zulte Waregem and Derby.

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Everton boss Roberto Martinez, who guided Wigan to FA Cup glory over Manchester City in May, admitted he still retained an interest in his former club.

"In football you get that sort of situation where if the results don't go right they are going to take a big decision," said Martinez.

"All I want is the best for Wigan. I always keep a close eye on them and I hope everything can have the effect that is needed.

"Owen worked really hard to try to achieve promotion and now the change has been confirmed hopefully everything works for the best for the football club."