English Championship side Wigan Athletic has appointed former Ivory Coast defender Kolo Toure as their new manager on a three and half year deal.
Kolo, who has been a first-team coach at Premier League side Leicester City, leaves the Brendan Rodgers side to replace Leam Richardson, who was sacked earlier this month.
In a statement, Wigan noted: “Wigan Athletic Football Club is delighted to confirm the appointment of Kolo Touré as the Club’s new First Team Manager. Touré arrives at the Club on a three-and-a-half-year deal from Leicester City, where he was operating as First Team Coach as part of Brendan Rodgers’ coaching staff.
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“Also arriving at Latics will be Kevin Betsy and Ashvir Johal, with both joining the backroom coaching staff at the Football Club that includes Rob Kelly – who has agreed to continue in his role as Assistant Manager.
All three will now fly out to Turkey to meet up with the First Team, who are currently on a mid-season training camp as Kolo, the second highest capped player in Ivory Coast history, will look to hit the ground running and implement his philosophy and ideas onto the first team environment.
Kolo started his career at Ivorian club ASEC Mimosas in 1999 and went on to play for Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, and Celtic FC. He had 120 caps for his native Ivory Coast.
His first test in his new home will be away to Millwall on December 10 with the team currently placed third from bottom on the Championship table.
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