Wigan have sacked Kolo Touré, just under two months after his appointment as manager.
The Latics signed the former Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool defender after Leam Richardson was sacked when they sat 22nd in the league.
However, they have since sunk to the bottom of the table and have gone winless in nine matches under Toure.
In a statement, Wigan CEO Malachy Brannigan said: “First of all, I would like to thank Kolo, as well as Kevin [Betsy] and ash [Johal]for their efforts during their time at the Football Club.
“Unfortunately the results on the pitch have not been as we would have liked and however difficult it has been, the board have felt it necessary to give us the best possible chance of remaining a Championship club for the season. next.
“We know that this time of year is a key time for any football club, including ourselves.
“Therefore, we will now work quickly and efficiently to ensure the right person is appointed as Wigan Athletic’s next permanent manager, with the immediate objective of remaining in the second tier for next season.”
After drawing and losing their first two games, Toure and Wigan were beaten 4-1 in three consecutive matches.
Two more draws would follow before two more defeats, with Wigan now seeking their third manager of the season.
talkSPORT understands that former Hibernian boss Shaun Maloney is in the running to replace Toure.
He was also part of the Belgium national team coaching staff and played for Wigan, Celtic and Aston Villa.
Wigan are four points from safety and are joined in the relegation zone by Huddersfield Town and Blackpool.
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