Ivory Coast and Premier League legend Kolo Toure has been appointed the first-team manager of English Championship side Wigan Atheltic.
In what will be his first role as a senior first-team manager, Toure, 41, arrives with a wealth of experience in professional football.
The ASEC Mimosas youth product spent over two decades in the United Kingdom with Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool, and Celtic before moving into coaching under Brendon Rodgers, first with the Scottish giants before moving over to Leicester City.
“We are delighted that Kolo has become the new manager of Wigan Athletic Football Club, and the Board are pleased that he is the man to take us forward,” Chief Executive Malachy Brannigan said.
“We received a high calibre of applicants for the manager’s job in recent weeks, in a very thorough recruitment process as we looked to appoint the right person for the role.
“From the earliest of conversations we had with Kolo, it was evident to us that he had instantly bought into the values of the Club – with his enthusiasm, knowledge and immense desire to work and be part of Wigan Athletic shining throughout the process.
“There is no doubt that this appointment is an exciting one for the Football Club. Kolo is a manager who wants to play a positive brand of football and will strive every day to make the Club stronger.”