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Wigan Athletic sack manager Warren Joyce

Wigan are four points from safety. Photo credit: Dan Farrimond.

Championship strugglers Wigan Athletic have parted company with manager Warren Joyce.

Joyce, who succeeded Gary Caldwell in the dugout at the DW Stadium in November 2016, winning just five of his 22 matches in charge of the Greater Manchester outfit.

Following Saturday’s 1-0 home defeat to Bristol City, the Latics are 23rd in the second-tier, four points adrift of safety, having won only one game out of their last six fixtures.

Graham Barrow, Joyce’s assistant, has been made interim manager until the end of the current season.

With nine games remaining, Oldham-born Joyce, aged 52, leaves Wigan after a disastrous short-lived stint at the helm of a side who cruised to promotion from League One last season.

The Latics have not claimed maximum points in front of their own fans since beating Brentford back in January. A run of three wins since the turn of the New Year, the most recent coming away to Birmingham City last Tuesday, in which Dan Burn scored the only goal, has subsequently forced immediate action from chairman David Sharpe.

A club statement from Sharpe read: “It’s unfortunate that we have made this decision but with the team in such a perilous position in the league, we need to act now because we cannot afford to fall any further behind.

“Warren was appointed with the future in mind in terms of developing players but preserving our Championship status is the absolute priority and we have a duty to do whatever gives us the best chance of doing that.

“Of course we realize the difficulties of competing against teams with much larger budgets but the results and performances have simply not been up to standard often enough in recent matches, especially against close rivals.”

Head of first team coaching, Andy Welsh, has also departed the troubled club.

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