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Kolo Toure takes his first job as a manager

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After five years of coaching under Brendan Rodgers at Celtic and Leicester City, the former Ivory Coast international has become a head coach for the first time in his career.

Kolo Toure has become the new manager of Championship club Wigan Athletic on a three-and-a-half-year contract until June 2026.

The ex-Arsenal and Manchester City defender has vacated his role at Leicester City to replace the sacked Leam Richardson, who lost six of his final seven games at the DW Stadium.

“We are delighted that Kolo Toure has become the new manager of Wigan Athletic,” chief executive Malachy Brannigan said in a statement.

“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. We look forward to working closely with Kolo and his team.”

Toure’s first game in charge of Wigan will be a trip to Millwall on December 10.

The Latics hope the two-time Premier League winner can help overturn their fortunes after a difficult first season back in the Championship, with the club down in 22th in the standings.