Coyle was finally unveiled as Roberto Martinez's successor on Monday afternoon.
Merely by walking past the FA Cup on his way to the press conference room where he met the media, the Scot was reminded of Martinez's greatest achievement in his four years at the helm.
However, the absence of sponsors' signage outside underlined the brutal reality of Wigan's lost status.
And Coyle confirmed work on the club's first Championship campaign in nine years has already begun, having enjoyed success at Bolton in seasons gone by thanks to the short-term arrivals of Jack Wilshere and Daniel Sturridge, both of whom have gone on to become full England internationals.
"I am very fortunate that elite managers trust me with their players," said Coyle.
"They know they are sending them to someone who coaches their players very well, who would improve them and give them the platform to play.
"I have already touched base with a number and it is a market I will look to utilise."