Wigan Athletic has announced the sacking of former Arsenal and Manchester City defender Kolo Toure as the manager of the Championship club.
Toure, who only agreed to a three-and-a-half-year contract at Wigan on November 29, has failed to win any of his nine games in charge of the struggling club.
The Latics took just two points from Toure’s seven league matches, with a 2-0 loss to Luton last weekend leaving them bottom of the table, four points from safety. Wigan were also knocked out of the FA Cup by Luton after a replay as the pressure mounted on Toure.
Hired to replace Leam Richardson at Wigan, Toure was in his first managerial role following assistant coaching spells with Ivory Coast, Celtic and Leicester.
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Wigan Chief Executive Malachy Brannigan said in a statement, “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 next season.”
The 41-year-old’s dismissal leaves Wigan looking for their fifth permanent manager in the last three years.
The club will now work swiftly to appoint a new manager with the immediate objective of remaining in the second tier for next season.