Gary Caldwell is new Wigan Athletic manager

New boss Gary Caldwell

New boss Gary Caldwell

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GARY Caldwell is the new permanent manager of Wigan Athletic.

The 32-year-old succeeds Malky Mackay, who parted company with the club on Easter Monday, and will be presented to the media on Wednesday morning.

Graham Barrow will continue as assistant manager, alongside Eric Black as first-team coach and Mike Pollitt as goalkeeping coach.

“After a meeting with him on Monday and discussions all day Tuesday, Gary was the only candidate we considered because we are so convinced of his qualities,” said chairman David Sharpe.

“He knows who we are as a football club and shares the same football philosophy.

“He is a natural leader who commands respect from everyone around him.

“People will talk about his lack of experience, but every young coach is in the same place, there are many examples of young coaches being given opportunities and being successful.

“For me the timing was important; we will look to get a reaction in the next five games and this period crucially gives Gary a chance to look at the players in his way until the end of the season. Plus it enables us to start working now with a manager we know will be in place next season.

“The immediate goal is clearly to do everything we can to survive in this division, starting at Fulham on Friday.

“It’s going to be a huge task but, with Gary, Graham, Eric and Mike at the helm, we have the right team in place.

“But this is an appointment for the long-term.

“Gary, assisted by Graham, will spearhead the club moving forwards, whatever division we find ourselves in. We have a new recruitment team in place, and an emphasis on developing our own players through the Wigan Athletic Academy.

“Everyone associated with Wigan Athletic is feeling pain at the moment, but we have now taken measures to address the situation and the most important thing is that we have a definite blueprint for the future.”