Wigan Athletic sack Kolo Touré less than two months after he was appointed.

  • Arsenal and legend was fired by Wigan Athletic after just nine games and 59 days.

Wigan Athletic sack manager Kolo Touré less than two months after he was appointed.
Wigan Athletic sack Kolo Touré less than two months after he was appointed.

Former Arsenal and defender has been abruptly sacked by Wigan Athletic after just 59 days as the manager of the Championship underdogs.

The 41-year-old was appointed by the Latics to replace Leam Richardson back in November but failed to win any of his first nine matches and has already paid the price with his job.

Wigan are now anchored to the bottom of the Championship table following a terrible season thus far, and unless their new manager is able to turn things around over the upcoming weeks and months, they are destined for an immediate return to League One.

The of Toure’s exit was made official on Thursday evening via an official club statement, which read: “Wigan Athletic can confirm that they have parted company with First Team Manager, Kolo Toure.

“Toure arrived at the DW Stadium in November 2022, but after a run of results that sees the club in a fight for survival in the Sky Bet Championship, the board believe that this is the right time to make a change.


“We can confirm that Kevin Betsy and Ashvir Johal have also left the club. First team matters will be taken on by the remaining coaching staff during this interim period, with the club working quickly to identify and appoint a new manager of the football club.”

Wigan chief executive Malachy Brannigan added: “Firstly, I’d like to thank Kolo, along with Kevin and Ash, for their efforts during their time at the football club.

“Unfortunately, the results on the field have not been as we would have liked and as tough a decision as this was, the Board felt it necessary to give us the best possible chance of remaining a Championship club season.

“We know that this time of year is a key period for any football club, ourselves included. Therefore, we will now swiftly and effectively to ensure the right person is appointed as the permanent manager of Wigan Athletic, with the immediate objective of remaining in the second tier for season.”

Ahead of their forthcoming Championship match against Blackburn Rovers, Wigan will probably be hoping to name their future manager. The Latics will then take a two-week break before returning to league play.

Last Saturday’s loss to Luton Town in Toure’s final game in command brought an unimpressive record of three draws and six losses from his nine games in charge to a close.


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