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31 March 2017

Former Captain and Head of Football Operations Matt Jackson ends consultancy period

  • Matt Jackson ends his consultancy period at Wigan Athletic
  • Matt Jackson: “It’s been great to have a second journey at the club.”
  • David Sharpe: “We thank Matt for his great service to the club.”
Wigan Athletic would like to place on record its thanks to former captain and Head of Football Operations Matt Jackson after his consultancy period with the club has come to an end. 

Since 2011 – almost the same period he spent with Latics as a player - he has been involved with the establishment and restructuring of several key new logistical elements at the club. These include the Wigan Athletic Academy in 2012 and the Wigan Athletic Player Recruitment Department in 2015, managing the daily processes involved in running the Christopher Park Training Ground, then, for the past 12 months, managing the move to the new Wigan Athletic Training Centre and setting in place processes which will be carried forward into the future. 

Matt Jackson's role has not involved player recruitment for the past 18 months.

Matt said: "It's been great to have been a part of a second journey with the club. It's a chance that most players don't get and to have experienced again the obvious highs and lows that go with Wigan Athletic football life has been really special.

"I'm proud to have played an important role in the establishment of the organisational processes now being run by the club's great staff and with all the elements in place for the club to run efficiently it feels like the right time to tackle something different. 

"The support from Mr. Whelan since he brought me back and subsequently from David Sharpe has been greatly appreciated and I'm sure I will be back at the DW Stadium many times in the future."

Latics Chairman David Sharpe said: "Matt has played a key role is creating a legacy in terms of establishing the Academy and the Player Recruitment Department, plus in making the training centres run efficiently. He has played a key role as a player and now in the operational management of the club and we thank him for his great service."

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