TWO former Celtic captains saw their teams’ chances of FA Cup glory wiped out in a weekend of woe.
Gary Caldwell’s Wigan, who won the trophy after a shock triumph over Manchester City only two years ago, were humiliated 4-0 at Bury.
And Tony Mowbray’s Coventry City were sent crashing 2-1 by skint Northampton who can’t afford to pay their players’ wages.
Wigan were heading for the exit when they were three goals adrift by the interval.
Caldwell said: “It’s probably the lowest I’ve been since I got the job in April.
“Everything that could go wrong did go wrong and we have to take it on the chin.
“We had great support again, so we have to apologise to the fans. Obviously, it is not good enough.”
Northampton’s players made the trip to the Ricoh Arena after the Players’ Union stepped in to pay the squad’s wages.
Nicky Adams and Marc Richards scored either side of a Jacob Murphy effort inside the opening 18 minutes.
Manager Chris Wilder said: “You find out a lot about people in bad times. When you have to dig in as players, staff and, most importantly, fans, people stand up to be counted.”
Mowbray, sacked as Celtic manager after a disastrous nine months in 2010, said: “It is very disappointing. We wanted to progress and we haven’t.”