Ivorian coach Kolo Toure has been sacked by Wigan Athletic just two months after his managerial appointment.
Toure only signed a three-and-a-half-year deal in late November, but a run of nine games without a victory in all competitions has brought an abrupt end to his spell as manager at the DW Stadium – after just 59 days.
The Latics are bottom of the Sky Bet Championship on 25 points, four points adrift of safety.
Wigan suffered a second home defeat to Luton in the space of four days – with the Hatters easing to a 2-0 win on Tuesday.
The Wigan board have stated they feel now is the right time to make a change with Kevin Betsy and Ashvir Johal also leaving the club.
Toure failed to win any of his nine games in chargeChief executive Malachy Brannigan 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.