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Coyle announced as new Wigan boss
Jun 14, 2013 10:53 AM EST
Owen Coyle has made a return to management after being announced as Roberto Martinez’s successor at Wigan.
Martinez spent four years in charge before leaving to join Everton earlier this month at the end of a season in which Wigan won the FA Cup and were relegated from the Premier League.
Wigan owner Dave Whelan is targeting an immediate return to the top flight and believes that Coyle is the right man to achieve that objective. "Out of all the candidates who applied I just thought he was the best, he took Burnley to the Premier League," he told Sky Sports News. "If anybody can get us back in the Premier League Owen Coyle can."
Coyle has been out of work since being sacked by Bolton, a club he represented as a player, in October 2012. The 46-year-old spent 34 months in charge at the Reebok Stadium and helped the club stave off the threat of relegation in his first campaign in charge and reach an FA Cup semi-final the following season. However, Coyle was unable to prevent his beloved Bolton slipping the trapdoor in 2011-12 and left two months into the following season with the club 18th in the Championship. The Scot had previously helped Burnley clinch promotion to the Premier League and steered Falkirk to the Scottish First Division title.
The appointment of Coyle won instant praise from the Wigan dressing room as midfielder James McArthur tweeted: "Happy with the new appointment in Owen Coyle, another Scot. Hopefully everyone can get behind him and the team for new season."