Uwe Rosler appoints Mike Pollitt as goalkeeping coach
Mike Pollitt’s long association with the club is set to continue into its 10th year with the news that he has been appointed as first team goalkeeping coach at Wigan Athletic, replacing Phil Hughes.
The 42 year old, whose playing contract expires this week, was first signed from Rotherham United by Paul Jewell in 2005, and has worked under six different full-time managers at the DW, making 52 appearances during his time, and notching both an FA Cup Winners medal and a Carling Cup Runners Up medal in his time here.
But now he is looking forward to his new challenge.
“I had offers to keep playing,” he said. “But really to have an opportunity to begin my coaching career at a top Championship club, working with international goalkeepers, was too good a chance to miss and I’m delighted that the gaffer has shown such faith in me.
“It’s going to be a bit strange at first, changing in a different dressing room and having to coach former team mates, but it’s something I will have to get used to quickly, having MP on my top rather than the Number 12!
“This is the next stage of my career and I am fortunate to be given the chance. I’ve been in the game 25 years, worked under so many different coaches and I’m looking forward to being able to put that experience into use in creating my own training sessions. On top of that I’m finishing off my coaching badges and this is an amazing opportunity for me at a club I know so well and have been very happy at. I can’t wait to get started.
“Scott, Ali and Lee are fantastic keepers in their own right and we are blessed to have such quality in this department at the club. My job now is to keep them developing as players and for them to be sharp and ready to play, but it’ll be up to the gaffer who gets the nod come match day.”
On Mike’s appointment, Uwe Rosler said: “Mike has been a top goalkeeper with huge experience in the game and I think he will be a great coach.
“We talk about giving young players a chance and it should be the same for young coaches. Mike is a real student of the game and has absorbed so many ideas from the people he has worked with over the years and has some fantastic experience which he will now be able to pass on.
“He is a big character around the place, infectious, and I felt it was the perfect opportunity for him to join our coaching staff and for us to take a new direction.”
Speaking about outgoing coach Phil Hughes, Rosler said: “I would like to place on record my thanks to Phil for the job he did last season, a great professional who never gave less than his best. I’m confident he will soon be back on the touchline somewhere soon.”
For the record, Pollitt’s last appearance for Latics was against Bournemouth in the 2012-13 FA Cup Third Round. He was on the bench on eight occasions last season without making an appearance.