Wigan have appointed the Brentford manager Uwe Rösler as their new manager following negotiations on Friday. Rosler has been in charge at Griffin Park since 2011, and succeeds Owen Coyle at the DW Stadium.
Rösler will watch Saturday’s match at Millwall from the stands, before officially starting work on Sunday.
A club statement read: “Wigan Athletic are delighted to announce Uwe Rösler as the club’s new manager.
“A compensation fee has been agreed with Brentford Football Club and Rösler will watch today’s match with Millwall from the stands, leaving Graham Barrow to take charge of the team.
“He starts work from tomorrow and will be unveiled officially on Monday.”
Latics Chairman Dave Whelan said: “Uwe is one of the brightest young managers in the Football League and his ambition is to manage in the Premier League.
“He impressed me enormously when I spoke to him, he has a strong philosophy about how to play the game and has a desire to shape all aspects of the long-term future of the club. I think he can and will achieve great things here at Wigan Athletic.”
The former Manchester City striker has his family in the North West and was keen to make the move to the DW Stadium.
While playing in Norway for Lillestrom in 2003 Rösler was diagnosed with chest cancer but following a remarkable recovery he was able to go into football management with Lillestrom, Viking, Molde and Brentford.
Despite initially finding it difficult to get a job in English football he had a successful time at Brentford. Guiding the Bees to their highest finish in six years in his first season, then narrowly missed out on promotion on the final day of the 2012/13 season.
Rösler recently published his autobiography ‘Knocking Down Walls’ were he outlines his early life in East Germany, his footballing exploits in Germany, England, and Norway and his fight against cancer.
As Rösler’s dream is to manage in the Premier League, let’s hope he gets his chance with the Latics.
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Hi man city fan here, Rosler was my hero, I’m a nosy person and also want to see Wigan back in the prem along with as many northern clubs as possible, anyhow what is the general feeling about Rosler being your manager, I think great appointment hopefully in three years he will be managing us along side the goat.
The Rosler appointment has been well received by the majority of Wigan fans. He was successful in transforming Brentford on a limited budget. His football ideas and tactics seem sound, so we are all hoping he can galvanise the team and get us competing at the top of the table. Not sure about him managing City though – I don’t think he would be a fit for your club’s owners.