Coyle shapes Wigan staff

New Wigan boss Owen Coyle has appointed four new members to his

backroom staff.

Sandy Stewart has been confirmed as assistant manager, having

worked closely with Coyle at Bolton, Burnley and St Johnstone,

while former Latics keeper Phil Hughes becomes the club’s new

goalkeeping coach.

Andy Mitchell joins as head physiotherapist and James Barrow,

whose father Graham remains in the post of first team coach, takes

up a role as strength and conditioning coach.

“It was so important that we brought in the right personnel to

take up key roles at the club and I’m delighted to bring in people

who have proven themselves at the highest level and who I trust

completely,” Coyle said of the quartet, who all worked together at


“I know they’ll come here and do everything in their power to

bring success to Wigan Athletic, and I can’t ask any more than


Dennis Lawrence will remain as development squad coach but

Graeme Jones, Richard Evans, Iniaki Bergara and Kevin Reeves have

left the club.