Owen Coyle has been sacked as manager of Bolton Wanderers after nearly three-years in charge at the Reebok Stadium following talks with owner Eddie Davies and chairman Phil Gartside.
Gartside lured Coyle away from local rivals Burnley in January 2010 to replace Gary Megson but has moved to dismiss the 46-year-old after a poor start to the season in the Championship.
The Trotters have won only three of thier 10 games in England’s second tier since being relegated from the Premier League in May and a shocked Coyle has paid the price.
“I have always been driven to act in the best interests of the club and care passionately about it.
“I had fantastic times as a player here and it has been a privilege to have held the post of manager.
“I want to thank the fans for their backing since I returned, chairman Phil Gartside and owner Eddie Davies for their support and friendship, the club’s staff and players for all their effort and commitment.
“I wish everyone connected with Bolton Wanderers all the very best.”