Kolo Touré named as new Wigan Athletic FC manager

Danny Jones Danny Jones - 29th November 2022

Ex-Manchester City, Arsenal and Ivorian international Kolo Touré has been named as Wigan Athletic FC’s new manager.

The ex-City defender and older brother of club legend Yaya Touré was announced as Wigan‘s new head coach on Tuesday, 29 November on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

He joins the Greater Manchester club after serving as a first-team coach at Leicester under manager Brendan Rodgers since 2019. This is his first full-time managerial role.

Touré is replacing the previous manager and former Southampton and Everton striker, James Beattie, who is confirmed to have left the club with immediate effect after playing a key role in earning the Latics promotion back to the Championship last season.

Joining the 41-year-old’s backroom set-up are coaches Kevin Betsy and Ashvir Johal, with Rob Kelly set to continue as Assistant Manager.


Chief Exec Malachy Brannigan said in an official statement announcing the appointment: “We are delighted that Kolo has become the new manager of Wigan Athletic Football Club, and the Board are pleased that he believes in the vision of the Club and wants to be the man to take us forward.”

As for Touré, he went on to thank his former employers and colleagues at Leicester for the experience he gained there, expressing his excitement to get started at such a “big club with hugely passionate fans.”


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Brannigan insisted that despite interviewing a “high calibre of applicants”, the board believes he has the “enthusiasm, knowledge” and desire to “play a positive brand of football” that should help consolidate the club’s position.

Touré’s first game in charge of Wigan Athletic will be away at The Den against Millwall on Saturday, 10 December.

Wigan currently sit 22nd in the table and face a tough battle to avoid relegation.


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Featured Image — Kolo Touré (via Instagram)