Wigan CONFIRM Kolo Toure is their new manager… making him Africa’s first international manager in senior English football
- Wigan took to social media to confirm Kolo toure as their new manager
- Richardson was fired by Wigan after eight consecutive games without a win
- Toure will become the first African international to manage senior English football.
- Toure was a coach with Brendan Rodgers, both for Celtic and Leicester
- The 41-year old will fly out to Turkey to join the Wigan First Team.
Wigan Athletic took to social media to confirm Kolo toure as their new manager following the dismissal of Leam Richardson earlier this year.
After a string of eight consecutive games without a win, Wigan fired Richardson and approached Yaya Toure’s younger brother Yaya for the job. He turned it down.
Therefore, Wigan turned their attention to Toure – who had been working as first-team coach at Leicester since February 2019 – and announced his appointment on Tuesday, November 29.
Wigan will reportedly make a spectacular appointment by appointing Kolo Toure to be their manager
Toure, who previously managed under Brendan Rodgers, will now be the first African international to manage senior English football.
Kevin Betsy and Ashvir Johal will be joining Wigan alongside Toure, while Rob Kelly has agreed to continue in his role as Assistant Manager.
Toure still has two weeks to get ready for his managerial debut. He will be in the dugout on Saturday December 10 when Wigan face Millwall.
He will therefore fly to Turkey to meet the Wigan first team who are currently at a mid-season training camp.
Malachy Brannigan, Chief Executive, said that Kolo was the right man for the job.
After nearly two years of being in charge, Leam Richardson (c), was fired.
“We received many qualified applicants for the position of manager in the last weeks. We went through a thorough recruitment process to ensure that we were able to hire the right person for this role.
‘From From the first conversation we had with Kolo it was clear that he instantly believed in the Club’s values. His enthusiasm, knowledge, and unwavering desire to be part of Wigan Athletic shined through throughout our conversations.
“This appointment is a great one for the Football Club. Kolo is a manager who is passionate about playing positive football and will do everything possible to make the Club even better.
The manager – who led the Latics out of administration and to the League One title last season – was dismissed after a run of eight successive games without a win
Toure (left) was an assistant coach for Brendan Rodgers in both Celtic and Leicester.
The work begins immediately with the team squad. It is only a matter of weeks before the season starts again.
“As a Board, we look forward working closely with Kolo (and his team) as the work begins to establish Wigan Athletic a Championship Club.
‘I am sure that all Latics supporters will get behind the appointment of Kolo Touré, give their backing to the staff and the players, as the Football Club begins a new, exciting era – starting at Millwall on December 10th.’
Following a stint at Celtic, the ex-defender for Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool and Liverpool decided to become a coach.
Wigan were said to have initially focused their attention on Yaya toure, Tottenham coach.
Yaya (left), wasn’t interested so Kolo, right, became their target.
He He worked as a technical assistant at the Scottish giants until Brendan Rodgers brought his over to Leicester, where he became the manager of the Foxes.
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