Wigan Athletic have sacked manager Gary Caldwell just fourteen games into their return to the Championship, as confirmed by Sky Sports.
Caldwell guided Wigan to promotion from League One last season but now sit 23rd in the Championship with just two wins from their opening fourteen league games.
The Scot initially joined Wigan as a player in January 2010 and captained the Latics to their first ever FA Cup triumph in 2013 with a 1-0 win over Manchester City at Wembley.
He was appointed as manager in April 2015 but was unable to prevent Wigan’s relegation to League One however he did mastermind their League One title victory last season. This was Caldwell’s first managerial job.
Wigan Chairman David Sharpe said on Wigan’s official site: “It’s undoubtedly the toughest decision I’ve had to make since becoming Chairman.”
He added: “We deservedly won the League One title last season. However, we have not managed to carry on that momentum into this season and, after careful consideration over a period of time, I feel that we need to act now in the best long term interests of the club.”
Caldwell’s dismissal comes following a run of four league games without a victory with Wigan suffering a 1-0 home defeat to Brighton this weekend.
Ryan Giggs has come forward as an early favourite for the job alongside Karl Robinson who left MK Dons earlier in the week. Wigan travel to Cardiff on Saturday in the Championship.