Wigan Athletic sack manager Gary Caldwell

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have sacked Gary Caldwell with the club sitting second-bottom in the Championship table.

Caldwell was unable to stop Latics suffering a second relegation in three years when he took over from Malky Mackay in April 2015.

David Sharpe, who succeeded Dave Whelan as chairman that March, backed Caldwell in the transfer market in both the summer and the January transfer window, and Latics ultimately romped to the League One title, winning promotion back to the Championship at the first attempt.

Again, Caldwell made a host of changes to his squad in the summer and although they beat Blackburn 3-0 in their first home game, it took eight games to get their next win at home to Wolves at the end of last month.

They drew their next three games but a second-half strike by former Oldham and Bury midfielder Dale Stephens gave Brighton a 1-0 win at Wigan last Saturday. That left Latics with two wins from 14 league games, scoring just one goal in their last four.

A club statement released on Tuesday evening said they “reluctantly wish to announce that we have parted company with manager Gary Caldwell”.

“It’s undoubtedly the toughest decision I’ve had to make since becoming chairman,” Sharpe added. “We deservedly won the League One title last season. However, we have not managed to carry on that momentum into this season and, after careful consideration over a period of time, I feel that we need to act now in the best long-term interests of the club.

“We thank Gary for all the hard work he has put in and wish him all the best for the future. We need to identify a new manager who can have an immediate impact and deliver success in the long term.”

Caldwell signed for Wigan in January 2010 and the former defender went on to play over 100 games for the Latics, helping them win the 2013 FA Cup.