Kolo Toure set for Championship managerial role that brother Yaya turned down

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Former Arsenal player and Ivory Coast international Kolo Toure is to be announced as Wigan Athletic’s new manager in the next 48 hours, according to BBC Sport, as the Latics begin a new era under the former defender.

Leam Richardson was sacked as Wigan manager on November 10th, with the side 22nd in the Championship, with just one win in eight games. 

The big story surrounding this appointment is that Toure is taking on the role at the expense of his younger brother Yaya, who rejected the Championship side’s offer to be their new coach last week.

Former Blackpool boss Neil Critchley, ex-Watford manager Rob Edwards, and Duncan Ferguson were a few names also being linked with the job, but it seems Wigan have made up their mind with Toure.

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Toure’s appointment is a bold move from the Greater Manchester club’s hierarchy, with this being the 41-year old’s first managerial job of his career having previously worked under Brendan Rodgers as a technical assistant and first team coach at Celtic and Leicester City respectively, so this will be a tough challenge for the Ivorian, who has the thankless task of keeping Wigan in the Championship with 25 games of England’s second division to go.

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