The news that Uwe Rosler had been sacked was revealed at about 4:00pm today. This comes as a surprise to many after Dave Whelan publicly backed the German on Monday morning following the devastating derby defeat to Bolton Wanderers on Friday night.
The German has left with immediate affect after just 10 months in charge at the club. Last years blistering form which saw a 5th place finish and an FA Cup Semi Final seems a distant memory compared to this season as the Latics have only managed 3 wins this season in 17 games.
"I've thought about this long and hard" - Dave Whelan
After just 1 win in 12 and 8 points out of the last 30, the sack has been looming large for the German but was it all his fault? Or was it 6 of 1 and Half a dozen of the other? In my view it's the latter. Following the departures of Jordi Gomez and James McArthur in the summer, Wigan's midfield has disappeared but Rosler wasn't given the finances to then replace the quality. Paying £4 million for Emyr Huws is all well and good if you want a mid-table finish but you can't expect to be in the play-offs spending feeble amounts of money on players that aren't worth Gomez's right foot.
With all that being said, Rosler in the end was the plot of his own downfall. Chopping and changing the starting XI each week and setting a formation in a completely wrong fashion ultimately lost the support of the players, the fans and most importantly, the board room.
So who is to be our savoir? Malky Mackay is the bookies' favourite whilst the likes of Chris Hughton, Paul Jewell and Steve Clarke are all in the running. Would Jimmy Bullard be worth a cheeky fiver at 100/1?
Who would you like to be Uwe Rosler's successor?