Former Arsenal, Man City defender Kolo Toure appointed Wigan Athletic manager

Toure, who made 353 appearances in the Premier League for Arsenal, City and Liverpool between 2002-16, was previously part of the coaching set-up at Leicester City and Scottish side Celtic under Brendan Rodgers.

Kolo Toure replaces Leam Richardson, who was sacked by Wigan earlier this month with the second-tier club having fallen into the relegation zone after a run of six defeats in seven games.

Kolo Toure replaces Leam Richardson, who was sacked by Wigan earlier this month with the second-tier club having fallen into the relegation zone after a run of six defeats in seven games. | Photo Credit: Getty Images

Toure, who made 353 appearances in the Premier League for Arsenal, City and Liverpool between 2002-16, was previously part of the coaching set-up at Leicester City and Scottish side Celtic under Brendan Rodgers.

Wigan Athletic has appointed ex-Arsenal and Manchester City defender Kolo Toure as its new manager on a three-and-a-half-year contract, the struggling Championship club said on Tuesday.

Toure, who made 353 appearances in the Premier League for Arsenal, City and Liverpool between 2002-16, was previously part of the coaching set-up at Leicester City and Scottish side Celtic under Brendan Rodgers.

The 41-year-old former Ivory Coast international replaces Leam Richardson, who was sacked earlier this month with the second-tier club having fallen into the relegation zone after a run of six defeats in seven games.

“We are delighted that Kolo has become the new manager of Wigan Athletic Football Club, and the board are pleased that he is the man to take us forward,” the club’s chief executive, Malachy Brannigan, said in a statement.

“We received a high calibre of applicants for the manager’s job in recent weeks, in a very thorough recruitment process as we looked to appoint the right person for the role.

“From the earliest of conversations we had with Kolo, it was evident to us that he had instantly bought into the values of the club - with his enthusiasm, knowledge and immense desire to work and be part of Wigan Athletic shining throughout the process.”

Wigan spent eight seasons in the Premier League before it was relegated in 2013, the same year it won the FA Cup.

It has been struggling in the Championship this season and sits in 22nd place after 21 games. It next plays Millwall away on December 10. 

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