Caldwell sacking: A look back at manager's career

Gary Caldwell's departure from Wigan Athletic brings to an end his first managerial appointment.

Tuesday, 25th October 2016, 6:17 pm
Updated Wednesday, 26th October 2016, 4:09 pm
Gary Caldwell

The Scot took over from Malky Mackay at the DW Stadium with just five games to go in the 2014-15 season, when it was already took late to save Latics from the drop to League One.

But last season, Caldwell’s first full term as manager, proved successful, with Latics recovering from a shaky start to storm to the League title, with Caldwell winning the League One manager of the year award in the process.

A former Newcastle junior, he had spells on loan before breaking through with Scottish side Hibs in 2004.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

He moved to Celtic in 2006 before joining Wigan Athletic in 2010 when they were still a Premier League side.

Roberto Martinez handed the Scottish international the Latics captaincy the following season and in 2013, Caldwell lifted the FA Cup at Wembley - despite not getting off the bench for the decider against Manchester City.

Despite suffering relegation to the Championship, they returned to Wembley the following year to face Arsenal in a semi-final which finished 1-1. Caldwell missed the first attempt in the penalty shootout, and they eventually crashed out.

In February last year, he formally retired from playing because of a persistent hip injury, and moved on to the coaching staff with the academy, having previously worked with the development team on a part-time basis.

Yet just three months later, he was thrust into the hot-seat after new chairman David Sharpe - who succeeded his grandad Dave Whelan - sacked Malky Mackay.

At the time, Sharpe said he was the only candidate he considered for the role.

He said it was “an appointment for the long-term” and spoke about having a “blueprint for the future”.

Caldwell was unable to halt the club slipping into League One in his five games in charge, but last season he overcame a rocky start to guide Latics to the title.