Gary Caldwell anounced as Wigan Athlectic's new manager

Gary Caldwell
Gary Caldwell

Recently retired Wigan player, Gary Caldwell, has been appointed as the new manager at the DW.

Following Malky Mackay's early departure, the club acted swiftly signing the former captain on a permanent contract.

Mackay was dismissed after a 2-0 home defeat by Derby County, a result that left Wigan 23rd in the Championship and eight points from safety.

Ex-Scotland international Caldwell, 32, played 111 games for Wigan and was part of their 2013 FA Cup-winning squad. He retired earlier this season because of a persistent hip injury.

Caldwell is Wigan's third manager of the season, following Uwe Rosler and ex-Cardiff boss Mackay, who was unable to halt the club's slide during his five-month reign.

Wigan are in danger of their second relegation in only three years as they now sit in 23rd in the second tier with only six games remaining.

Graham Barrow, a long-serving member of Wigan's coaching staff, will assist Caldwell.

“I’ve made no secret of the fact that I wanted to move into management when the time was right,” Caldwell told the club website.

"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." he said.

Wigan chairman David Sharpe said it was an "appointment for the long-term, after a meeting with him on Monday and discussions all day on Tuesday, Gary was the only candidate we considered because we are so convinced of his qualities."

Caldwell will take his first game in charge at Fulham on Friday.

Eoin Donnelly