Owen Coyle has left Wigan Athletic by mutual consent this morning after a string of poor results and it makes the immediate future of Nick Powell and Will Keane somewhat uncertain.
Powell has been with Wigan since the start of the campaign and had enjoyed a fruitful loan spell so far but Keane only joined Wigan this week after Coyle pushed through a deal to take him there. However, now that Coyle has left, it leaves the United duo in an unpredictable situation at manager-less Wigan.
Coyle was a big admirer of Powell and regularly hailed him as a future first team player at Manchester United but there is no guarantee that his replacement will feel the same way. As for Keane, he has only just moved to Wigan but will be disappointed that the man who brought him there has left so soon.
Ian Holloway is the bookies favourite at 5/4 to become the next Wigan manager but Mike Phelan, who is currently 3/1, is second favourite and his appointment would be perfect for Keane and Powell. Both players spent time at Old Trafford with Phelan before he left the club this year in Moyes’ back room changes and if any manager is going to know how to use them properly, it should be Phelan.
In the future, Keane and Powell are both seen as potential first team players at United and progression through loan spells are the best way for them to learn new experiences in different environments, but hopefully Wigan can secure a manager as soon as possible to create a more stable environment for the duo.