New challenge for Wigan Athletic old-boy

Former Wigan Athletic captain and manager Gary Caldwell has been appointed the new manager of Partick Thistle.

Tuesday, 16th October 2018, 12:29 pm
Updated Tuesday, 16th October 2018, 1:33 pm
Gary Caldwell

Caldwell was sacked by Latics exactly two years ago, before overseeing an ill-fated 29-game spell at Chesterfield.

“The appointment of Gary comes at the end of a rigorous selection process, which we believe has resulted in the best candidate for the job being named as our new manager,” said Partick chairman Jacqui Low.

“Gary is a driven individual with a clear vision and plan to succeed - a new face our rivals may not expect and will not be prepared for.

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“The board also wanted to bring in someone the players would respect for his achievements.

“With his track record both as a player and as a manager, we believe Gary is that man.

“We were blown away by Gary’s interview preparation and, in the space of a week, he had done an analysis of each player, identified a training schedule to deal with the fitness levels and pulled together a vision of how to get Thistle playing well enough to secure promotion.”

Caldwell added: “There is a huge amount of potential in this squad. But it won’t happen overnight.

“We can’t do it on our own either, I need support from the fans and so do the players.

“If we are together, I have no doubt we can achieve a massive amount.”