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Championship: Wigan sack manager Leam Richardson

Championship side Wigan Athletic have sacked manager Leam Richardson after a poor run of form.

Richardson guided the Latics to the League One title last season but they currently find themselves in the bottom three two points adrift of safety.

It was only last month that the Wigan board seemed to give their backing to their manager by giving him a three year deal, but the recent run of results has evidently changed their minds.

In a statement the club said  "Leam will be fondly remembered as one of the most significant managers in the club's 90-year history,".

"However, having looked at the recent run of form that is challenging the team's status as a Championship club, the board have made the decision to make a change.

"The club would like to place on record it's thanks to Leam for his efforts and dedication throughout his time at the football club, none more so than during the period of administration and his instinctive reaction that helped save the life of Charlie Wyke.

"A much-loved individual and someone who Latics fans will always hold in very high regard, Leam will always be welcomed back at the DW."

Wigan will face Blackpool, the side above them in the table, on Saturday.

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