New Wigan boss Owen Coyle tells fans not to judge him on his Bolton relegation
‘Whoever comes into a job, should not be judged on what went before, but should be judged on moving forward,’ says new Latics boss at unveiling
Don’t judge me: Coyle has asked Latics fans for a clean slate
New Wigan boss Owen Coyle has told Latics fans not to judge him on being relegated with Bolton.
Some Wigan fans are unsure about Coyle because he took Wanderers down in 2012.
Coyle is proud of his eight-year managerial record with Falkirk, St Johnstone, Burnley and Bolton and asked fans to judge him on what he does with Wigan.
“Whoever comes into a job, should not be judged on what went before, but should be judged on moving forward,” said the Scot at his unveiling this afternoon at the DW Stadium.
“I’ve had a successful eight-year managerial career and was only relegated with Bolton on the last day of the season.
“That’s not something that fazes me. I want to be judged on what I do now.
“What I did with Falkirk, St Johnstone, Burnley and Bolton has nothing to do with it.”
Coyle, 46, had been out of work since October when he was sacked by Bolton and says he had rejected several job offers before accepting Wigan’s.
“It wasn’t just about getting another job,” he said. “It was about getting the right job. I had seven or eight opportunities to get back into management, but I knew as soon as I spoke to Wigan and the people here, this was the football club for me.
“I now have the chance to manage this wonderful football club and I’m really looking forward to it.
“I just wish pre-season training was starting tomorrow and I can’t wait to get started working with the players.
“We know it will be difficult to come straight back up, but I believe there is certainly enough quality here if we can just add to it.”
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