Wigan Athletic confirm Kolo Toure as English football's first black African manager

Wigan Athletic confirm Kolo Toure as English football's first black African manager
Kolo Toure

The 41 year old, who was part of the Arsenal “Invincibles” side that won the English Premier League side unbeaten in 2004 replaces Leam Richardson who was fired earlier this month.

Former Arsenal and Manchester City defender Kolo Toure has been confirmed as the new manager of English Championship side Wigan Athletic. 

The 41 year old, who was part of the Arsenal “Invincibles” side that won the English Premier League side unbeaten in 2004 replaces Leam Richardson who was fired earlier this month.

He ended his playing career with Scottish giants Celtic, helping them claim the Premiership title without losing a match in the 2016-17 season before retiring to join their coaching staff in September that year.

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 Toure, a former Ivory Coast international and elder brother of Yaya Toure, has spent the past five years coaching at Celtic and Leicester City under Brendan Rodgers but this is his first role in management.

His first game in charge will be the trip to Millwall on 10 December.

Wigan are 22nd in the table, but won their last game against Blackpool before the break for the World Cup.

"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 told the club website.

Toure's appointment sees him become the first black African manager of an English league club.