LONDON - Paul Jewell resigned as manager of Wigan Athletic, the club said yesterday, less than 24 hours after steering them to Premier League survival.
Millionaire chairman Dave Whelan was due to hold a news conference later yesterday when a replacement for the 42-year-old Jewell was expected to be announced.
Wigan survived a fraught final day of the season, gaining the victory they needed to stay up when they beat Sheffield United 2-1 away.
United went down on goal difference along with Watford and Charlton Athletic. Yesterday's announcement brings to an end a golden era in the history of a football club that has lived in the shadow of the town's rugby league team.
Whelan hired Jewell in 2001 with the club in the third division. - Reuters