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Gary Caldwell: I am 'honoured and excited' to be manager

Speaking today after being appointed Wigan manager, Gary Caldwell said:

“I’ve made no secret of the fact that I wanted to move into management when the time was right”

“I didn’t expect that to come along as quickly as this but, in football, you need to take opportunities when they arise and I am honoured and excited in equal measures to take charge at the Latics, where I have shared such incredible memories over the past five years.

“We are in a really tough place at the moment, but we will approach the next five games with only one thing in mind, to win. After that, we will assess where we are and move on.”

Caldwell to be officially unveiled as Wigan manager tomorrow

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Wigan Athletic have appointed 32 year-old club captain Gary Caldwell as manager.

The club say he will be formally unveiled to the media tomorrow morning, where it will also be confirmed that Graham Barrow will continue as Assistant Manager.

Caldwell wore the armband for the majority of the matches he played for the club between 2010 and 2014, before a hip injury this season left him on the sidelines.

Chairman, David Sharpe, said:

"Gary knows the club and the football philosophy we expect at Wigan Athletic"

Alan Stubbs: I've not been approached by Wigan

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs, who is said to be among the front-runners for the manager's job at Wigan Athletic, says he hasn't been in touch with the club about the position.

Malky Mackay was sacked after just months in the role on Monday.

Alan Stubbs, who is from Merseyside, told ITV News he thought rumours could have been sparked by the fact that his son is playing for Wigan. He joked: "Maybe I need to get him playing for Real Madrid then, eh?!"

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Wigan manager Malky Mackay leaves the club

Malky Mackay Credit: Press Association

Wigan Athletic have announced they have parted company with manager Malky Mackay following the Sky Bet Championship home defeat to Derby County.

Mackay was only in charge since November but failed to lead the club out of the Championship relegation zone.

He was a controversial appointment as he's the subject of a Football Association investigation for sending racist, sexist and homophobic texts while manager of Cardiff.

Whelan: 'The time has come to hand over the reins'

Dave Whelan has resigned as chairman of Wigan Athletic and appointed his 23 year-old grandson, David Sharpe, as his successor.

In a statement Mr Whelan said:

“The time has now come to hand over the reins. I am approaching 80 years old and spend an increasingly long time abroad, and cannot make it to games. It is a decision I have been mulling over for some years and I believe David is now ready.

“Contrary to some suggestions, there are no plans to sell the club, which will remain in family hands and I have every confidence that David, along with Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson, will lead us forwards with wisdom.

“In making this announcement, I would like to say huge thank you to the Board of Directors, all the staff at the club, and of course the wonderful supporters of Wigan Athletic, who have helped make the journey over the past 20 years such an exciting and memorable one.”

– Dave Whelan
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