Malky Mackay was relieved of his managerial duties after Latics moved closer to relegation with another disappointing display against promotion chasing Derby County.
Wigan have failed to win at home since August 30th and their attack once again lacked any cutting edge. Despite creating a multitude of goal scoring opportunities they rarely looked capable of beating Derby keeper Lee Grant.
The Rams looked out of sorts in the opening period but the introduction of talisman striker Chris Martin at half time turned the game in their favour. Martin lashed in the opener on 51 minutes and was involved in most of the Rams best moves.
Darren Bent was on hand on 80 minutes to seal the points after Jason Pearce had failed to clear Johnny Russell’s cross.
Mackay made two changes to the team which had lost at Middlesbrough with William Kvist and Marc-Antoine Fortune replacing Jermaine Pennant and Josh Murphy.
Latics had the better of the first half on a difficult playing surface. Kim Bo-Kyung went close for the hosts after 25 minutes with a low drive and then Latics should have taken the lead ten minutes later.
Kim produced a perfect cross from the right and James McClean executed a powerful header but Lee Grant produced a superb save to tip the ball over the crossbar.
Latics were unable to capitalise on their dominance in the first half and their profligacy was to haunt them in the second half.
Derby Manager Steve McClaren introduced top scorer Chris Martin at half time and the influential striker almost immediately changed the game in the Rams favour.
On 51 minutes Martin was allowed far too much space on the edge of the area and his emphatic finish was too much for Ali Al-Habsi in the Wigan goal.
The Wigan players heads went down and it was Derby who dominated proceedings. Latics might have drawn level but McClean couldn’t quite lift the ball over Grant after Murphy’s effort had been blocked.
With ten minutes remaining and with Wigan desperately searching for an equaliser the points went to Derby. Johnny Russell put the ball into the danger zone and Jason Pearce inadvertently presented the ball to Darren Bent who made no mistake from five yards out.
It was yet another abject home performance and many of the fans in the West Stand made their views about Mackay’s management skills crystal clear as a cascade of season tickets landed in the technical area.
The early indications are that Wigan’s young Chairman David Sharpe will make a speedy managerial appointment in time for the trip to Fulham on Friday.
The early front-runners in the betting for manager all have strong Wigan connections, Nigel Adkins, Graeme Jones, Gary Caldwell and Paul Jewell. My personal choice would be Nigel Adkins.