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New Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook explains decision to quit Portsmouth for a return back to the north

Wigan Athletic have announced the appointment of Portsmouth boss Paul Cook as their new manager.

Cook was given permission to talk to the Latics after they reached an agreement with Portsmouth over the weekend.

The 50-year-old, who had one year remaining on his contract with Pompey, has now signed a three-year contract at the club where he enjoyed two spells as a player.

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Never mind football - Wigan boss says they need to get better wine in ahead of Mourinho and Klopp visit

It's a big sporting weekend for Wigan with football fans treated to the return of Premier League glamour.

On Sunday, Jurgen Klopp brings Liverpool to town for a pre-season friendly.

But before that, on Saturday, Wigan will host the small matter of Jose Mourinho's first match in charge of Manchester United.

Latics boss Gary Caldwell says he's looking forward to welcoming two of the world's best managers to the DW Stadium.

However, he admits their visit does mean he needs to get some better wine.

'Will Grigg's On Fire' enters the Top 40

Will Grigg's on Fire is storming the charts. Credit: iTunes

A Wigan Athletic football chant that's taken the UK by storm is now doing the same in the online music charts.

'Will Grigg's On Fire' which is sung to the tune of the dance hit 'Freed From Desire' by Gala has made it into the iTunes top 40.

Wigan striker Grigg ended the season in fine form, scoring a number of goals which saw Wigan promoted to the Championship

The chant was dreamed up by Wigan fan Sean Kennedy, but with the help of professional musicians, it's now been transformed into a real song.

All proceeds from the cover, by 'DJ Kenno' will go to charity.

Will Grigg will hope to be on fire at Euro 2016 in France this summer. Credit: PA

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'Girlfriend in labour' announcement at Wigan game may have been a prank

Wigan Athletic's DW Stadium Credit: PA Images

A Tannoy announcement telling a football fan at Wigan's DW Stadium his girlfriend had gone into labour may have been a prank.

Officials at Wigan Athletic FC say they are now looking into whether the announcement at Saturday's game against Colchester United was a hoax.

It was during the League One match at Wigan's ground that an announcement was made telling a Daniel Cunliffe that his girlfriend was about to give birth.

Following the announcement, spectators from the stands began chanting, "time to go".

A spokesman for the League One side said the stadium had received a call during the match asking to get the message to Mr Cunliffe but they have since said that they are looking into whether it could have been a joke.

The spokesman said:

"It was called up to our stadium announcer, asking can we get the message to him. It said 'Can Daniel Cunliffe please make yourself known, your girlfriend has gone into labour'. The crowd started singing 'cheerio'."

– Wigan Athletic spokesman

Wigan Athletic had tweeted from the ground: "An announcement for one of our fans over the tannoy.. whose girlfriend has just gone into labour! Time to go is the chant from ES2 #wafc"

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