Former Arsenal and Manchester City defender Kolo Toure has been dismissed by Championship side Wigan Athletic following a poor run of form.
41-year-old Kolo Toure signed his first managerial contract on November 29th. However, his time as Wigan Athletic Manager has come to a premature end as he failed to improve the team’s performance at the bottom of the table. Kolo Toure failed to win any of his nine games in charge.
Wigan were in 22nd place when Kolo Toure took over, but they are currently at the bottom of the 24-team league with 25 points, four points from safety, and no victories since November 12 – the last day of play before the 2022 World Cup break. 2 points from seven Championship fixtures meant that Wigan had to make a difficult decision to let him go. Saturday’s Championship game at home against Luton was his final match as manager. Wigan lost 2-0.
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Malachy Brannigan, Chief Executive of Wigan Athletic, said: “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.
“We know that this time of year is a key period for any football club, ourselves included. Therefore, we will now work swiftly and effectively to ensure the right person is appointed as the next permanent manager of Wigan Athletic, with the immediate objective of remaining in the Second Tier for next season.”
Wigan return to action in two weeks away at Blackburn on Monday, 6th February.
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