Kolo Toure’s tenure as Wigan Athletic manager has come to an end, just three months and nine games after he was hired.

Miguel Azeez with Wigan Athletic (Photo via Azeez on Instagram)
Miguel Azeez with Wigan Athletic (Photo via Azeez on Instagram)

Kolo Toure only agreed to a three-and-a-half year contract with Wigan on November 29, but his time in charge of the team has been disastrous.

The Latics earned just two points from Toure’s seven league matches, and were knocked out of the FA Cup by Luton.

Following a 2-0 loss to the same opponents in the league last weekend, Wigan are bottom of the table, four points from safety.

This was Toure’s first managerial role, after serving as an assistant coach for Ivory Coast, Celtic, and Leicester.

With his dismissal, Wigan will now be searching for their fifth permanent manager in the last three years.

“Firstly, I’d like to thank Kolo, along with Kevin and Ash, for their efforts during their time at the football club,” Wigan chief executive Malachy Brannigan said.

“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.”

What this will mean for Miguel Azeez’s loan is unclear.

The Arsenal youngster was recalled from his loan with UD Ibiza and sent to Wigan with Toure just two months after the former Arsenal defender was appointed.

Azeez has played 104 minutes across two matches for Wigan since joining on 10 January.