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Coyle confirmed as new Wigan manager

Owen Coyle has been appointed the new Wigan manager, succeeding Roberto Martinez at the DW Stadium.

Since losing Martinez to Everton the pressure has been on Dave Whelan to find a replacement, and the chairman feels he has found a candidate who fulfills his requirements.

The Latics owner confirmed a deal has been agreed with the Scot, who he thinks can take Wigan out of the Championship and back into the Premier League following their relegation last season.

"Out of all the candidates who applied I just thought he was the best, he took Burnley to the Premier League," said Whelan.

"If anybody can get us back in the Premier League, it's Owen Coyle."

Coyle's last managerial role was with Bolton Wanderers back in 2012, but the 46-year-old was sacked in December, just five months into the season with the team in the relegation zone.

Wigan midfielder James McArthur revealed his delight at the appointment, he wrote on Twitter: "Happy with the new appointment in Owen Coyle another scot.

"Hopefully everyone can get behind him and the team for new season."

Coyle will be formally presented by the Latics next week.