09:32 05 July 2013
By Wigan Athletic
Mike Pollitt - Goalkeeping Coach
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.