Paul Cook’s backroom staff takes shape.
- Paul Cook’s first team football staff takes shape.
- New Wigan Athletic football and medical staff confirmed.
- Andrew Procter, Nick Meace, Nick Colgan and Anthony Barry join Wigan Athletic staff.
We can confirm changes in football staff following the arrival of Paul Cook as manager.
As previously announced, Leam Richardson has been appointed as Assistant Manager. The former Bolton Wanderers, Notts County, Blackpool and Accrington Stanley defender has worked previously with Cook at Accrington, Chesterfield and Portsmouth.
Andrew Procter joins as Head of Medical. The former Accrington Stanley, Preston North End and Bury midfielder turned to the medical side of the game after notching almost 500 career games. He combined studying physiotherapy with playing and was part of Paul Cook’s backroom staff at Portsmouth.
Nick Meace joins as Head of Sports Science. Meace was a scholar at Latics, progressing to have one year as a young professional in 2009-10. Then, after completing his studies, Meace worked at Bury before joining Paul Cook’s staff at Portsmouth.
Andrew and Nick join existing sports scientist Adam Forrest and physiotherapist Marcus Quarmby to complete the medical team.
Anthony Barry has been appointed as First Team Coach. The former Everton trainee has played over 300 career games as a midfielder for Accrington, Yeovil Town, Chester City, Wrexham, Fleetwood Town and Forest Green Rovers before he became one of the youngest coaches to receive his UEFA A Licence.
Nick Colgan joins as goalkeeping coach. The Former Republic of Ireland goalkeeper was signed by Chelsea as a youngster and, following various short loan spells, he made his name at Hibernian and Barnsley, where he played the majority of his games. Having finished his career at Huddersfield Town, he moved on to become first team goalkeeping coach with the Terriers in 2014, where he won promotion to the Premier League last season before joining Latics this summer.
Development Coach, Peter Atherton, will work alongside Paul, Liam and Anthony with specific responsibilities for the development of our young professional player.
Former Sunderland manager Peter Reid will continue to assist Cook and his staff temporarily on a voluntary basis.