12:32 15 July 2015
By Latics Staff
Senior Wigan Athletic Coaching Staff
Date of Birth: 12/04/1982
Place of Birth: Stirling, Scotland
Gary Caldwell is sponsored by Inchcape Mercedes Benz and Smart.
After five-and-a-half years with Wigan Athletic, experienced central defender Gary Caldwell has taken the reins as manager after spells as a player, captain and coach with the club.
Turning 33 on the week of his appointment, Caldwell joined Latics from Celtic midway through the 2009-10 season, making his debut in a 2-0 win at Wolves before scoring on his second appearance, a 2-1 defeat at Blackburn Rovers.
Early in Caldwell’s first full season with the club, the Stirling-born defender, who progressed through the youth ranks at Celtic and Newcastle United prior to moving to Hibernian in 2004, was made first-team captain following the departure of Mario Melchiot.
In a memorable campaign, which culminated in Hugo Rodallega’s famous last day winner at Stoke City, Caldwell featured 26 times for Roberto Martinez’s side as a 16th place finish was secured.
The following season would, arguably, be Caldwell’s best in his time with the club as his performances reached their highest levels as Latics battled for another year of Premier League football with his goal at Bolton Wanderers and in particularly his winner at Anfield particular highlights of a campaign that would finish with the Scotland international being awarded with the club’s Player of the Year award.
The 2012-13 season saw Caldwell make just 24 appearances as he battled against injury, which concluded with double hip surgery at the end of the campaign with Latics' club captain scoring once; against Southampton in a 2-2 home draw in February.
However, the highlight for the club came in the form of FA Cup success with Caldwell, capped 55 times by Scotland, an unused substitute in the final against Manchester City, lifting the trophy with the captain on the day, Emmerson Boyce.
Caldwell spent the majority of the 2013-14 campaign recovering from his hip injury, though he returned in time to feature in the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Arsenal at Wembley and play-off defeat to QPR at Loftus Road.
He didn't feature in 2014-15, though still registered as a player, Caldwell shifted additional focus to his progress as a coach with his experience increasing from working with Latics’ younger players to taking first-team sessions before being named as manager in April.
Date of Birth: 13/06/1954
Place of Birth: Chorley
Graham Barrow is sponsored by DM Signs & Design.
Graham’s association with Latics dates back over 30 years to the time he first signed as a player from Altrincham in August 1981. He played 179 league games as a highly combative midfield dynamo before moving to Chester City in 1985, whom he then went on to manage.
During his time as a player at Springfield Park, Barrow helped Latics win promotion from the fourth tier in 1981-82, before captaining the side to Freight Rover Trophy glory in 1985 at Wembley Stadium, as Latics won 3-1 against Brentford.
He was appointed Wigan Athletic manager in 1994, a few months before the arrival of Chairman Dave Whelan.
He left the club in 1995 but returned as a first team coach for Roberto Martinez in 2009, the player he originally brought to England in 1995.
After doubling up as a Development Squad coach under Martinez, he is now working solely with the first team.
Date of Birth: 29/02/1972
Place of Birth: Farnworth
Mike Pollitt is sponsored by DM Signs & Design.
In June 2014 Mike Pollitt was announced as Wigan Athletic goalkeeping coach after nine seasons with the club.
As a player, Pollitt was snapped up by Latics in June 2005 from Rotherham United to replace Gary Walsh, and to provide more competition to John Filan as Latics entered the Barclays Premier League.
He started his career Manchester United as a trainee before playing for Lincoln, Darlington, Notts. County, Sunderland and Rotherham.
Pollitt knew he had to compete with the ever-reliable John Filan on his arrival at the JJB Stadium, but he made an instant impact from day one, and most certainly became one of the bargains of the 2005/06 season. The 'keeper started that campaign in place of the injured Filan and he ended up making more Premiership appearances than the Australian 'keeper. The only disappointment for Pollitt during the 2005/06 campaign was having to be substituted just fourteen minutes into the Carling Cup final against Manchester United due to a hamstring injury.
With the arrival of Chris Kirkland, "Polly" found first team action limited in the 2006/07 season, and subsequently had loan spells in then Championship with both Ipswich and Burnley. But Kirkland was injured towards the end of the campaign, and the 'keeper played in Wigan's final two fixtures and helped Latics secure their Premiership status for a third term.
Although Mike's appearances were limited in the 2009/10 season, his influence in the dressing room and on the younger members of the club is invaluable, and in May 2010 he was rewarded for his commitment with a one-year contract to keep him at Wigan Athletic until 2011.
This achievement was also achieved at the end of the 2010/11, 2011/12 and 2012/13 seasons as he signed a new deal in June 2013.
In the 2012/13 season Pollitt appeared in both of the third round games against AFC Bournemouth, but was forced to see the season out on the sidelines after rupturing his thigh in the replay on the South Coast.
First Team Coach
Date of Birth: 11/06/1971
Place of Birth: Eccles
Joe Parkinson is sponsored by Wigan Athletic Supporters Club.
Joe Parkinson began his career as a youth team scholar at Springfield Park, breaking into the Wigan Athletic first team in the late 1980s, with his league debut coming in a 2-1 victory over Blackpool in September 1988.
The midfielder scored a crucial winning goal in a 1-0 victory away to Mansfield Town in his first start for the club just a few months later, going on to feature regularly in the first team with nine goals in 147 appearances in all competitions.
Parkinson joined Bournemouth in 1993, impressing at Dean Court in his 30 appearances, enough so that he earned a £250,000 move to Premier League club Everton, where he went on to make 90 appearances, scoring three goals, as well as being awarded an FA Cup medal in 1995.
His career was cut short at the tender age of just 28 in 1999 due to a knee injury.
Late in 2012, Parkinson returned to Wigan Athletic alongside another former player, John Doolan, to coach the Under 18s, before moving up to the role of Development Squad coach, but now operates as first team coach.
Development Squad Coach
Date of Birth: 06/04/1970
Place of Birth: Orrell, Wigan
Peter Atherton is sponsored by Wigan Athletic Supporters Club.
Another member of the coaching staff with previous experience at Latics, Peter Atherton came through at the club as a schoolboy, before signing as a trainee in the summer of 1986.
The versatile defender turned professional and made his Football League debut in a 0-0 draw away to Blackpool in October 1987, before establishing himself as a key first team player, going on to make 180 appearances and twice winning the club's Player of the Year award in 1989/90 and 1990/91.
Such impressive season earned Atherton a move away from his hometown club to the top flight with Coventry City in 1991, and a couple of months later his impact at Highfield Road earned him a cap for England's Under 21s.
114 appearances and another Player of the Year award later, Atherton moved to Sheffield Wednesday in 1994, a club he would become captain of just part way through his first season.
Atherton spent six years at Hillsborough, racking up 216 appearances and scoring 9 goals before a move to Bradford City in 2000.
The defender made 94 league appearances for the Bantams in a five year spell, before seeing out his career at Halifax Town.
Atherton returned to his hometown club as a coach in the Academy and also spent time as assistant manager at the Shay, before returning to Latics last season as Under 18 coach.
It was a remarkable first season heading the Under 18s, as Latics won the Lancashire FA Youth Cup 6-1 against Tranmere Rovers, and finished runners-up in the Football League Youth Alliance, missing out by a single point despite going on a 22 game unbeaten streak. Latics lost just six of 38 fixtures in 2014-15.
Now working as Development Squad coach, Atherton is also involved with the first team.