Wigan sack manager Kolo Touré

Wigan Athletic have sacked boss Kolo Touré after nine games in charge.

The former Arsenal and Manchester City defender was only appointed as manager in November. Wigan currently sit bottom of the Championship on 25 points and are four points from safety. The Latics took two points from his seven Championship matches, with 1-1 draws against both Millwall and Cardiff City.

Chief Executive Malachy Brannigan said: “As tough a decision as this was, the Board felt it necessary to give us the best possible chance of remaining a Championship club next season.”

Wigan also confirmed that two members of Touré’s staff, Kevin Betsy and Ashvir Johal have also left the club. Brannigan added: “I’d like to thank Kolo, along with Kevin and Ash, for their efforts during their time at the Football Club.”

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Before taking up the Wigan managerial position, Touré had been on Brendan Rogers’ staff at Leicester and Celtic before leaving the Foxes for the Wigan position on 29 November.

Wigan season ticket holder Edward Bazeley said: “I think Kolo was vastly out of his depth, but it’s still worrying that we’ve sacked him so soon after giving him a three and a half year deal.”

His final game in charge was a 2-0 home defeat by Luton in the Championship on Saturday. They are now looking for their fifth permanent manger in the last three years. The club now has a two week break before they return to action with a trip to Blackburn on Monday, 6 February.