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Gary Caldwell appointed Wigan Athletic manager

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Wigan Athletic have appointed former Scotland international Gary Caldwell as their new manager, after the sacking of Malky Mackay a day earlier.

The Championship side are currently 23rd in the table and eight points adrift of safety, it means Caldwell’s first task is to secure Championship safety for the struggling English side.

Speaking to the official club website, Caldwell said: “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.

“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.”

Wigan chairman David Sharpe, believes that the former Celtic, Hibernian and Scotland defender, is the right man for the job.

He added: “After a meeting with him on Monday and discussions all day Tuesday, Gary was the only candidate we considered because we are so convinced of his qualities. He knows who we are as a football club and shares the same football philosophy. He is a natural leader who commands respect from everyone around him.

“People will talk about his lack of experience, but every young coach is in the same place, there are many examples of young coaches being given opportunities and being successful.

“For me the timing was important; we will look to get a reaction in the next five games and this period crucially gives Gary a chance to look at the players in his way until the end of the season. Plus it enables us to start working now with a manager we know will be in place next season.

“The immediate goal is clearly to do everything we can to survive in this division, starting at Fulham on Friday. It’s going to be a huge task but, with Gary, Graham, Eric and Mike at the helm, we have the right team in place.”

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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