Wigan Appoint Little Known Byrne
Dave Whelan makes a bold appointment
Wigan Athletic have handed little known Dean Byrne a two year contract, which has seen the clubs fans react bemused on message boards.
A surprising appointment follows Wigan's disappointing relegation to League 1, after the club couldn't build on their promotion from the season before.Paul Cook had looked the favourite to take over at the DW Stadium but the Wigan Hierarchy have chosen a less obvious choice.
Who is Dean Byrne?
At just 38, Dean Byrne has little experience of coaching at the top level which makes his appointment all the more bizarre. He has spent the past five seasons working as part of the background staff at Ipswich.
He began his coaching career as a youth coach with Irish Premier Division side Derry City, before moving across the sea to take up a coaching role at Portsmouth, again working with the youth side. After two years Byrne made the transition to Ipswich, where he was a coach for the first team.
Given his youth and lack of serious managerial experience, it comes as no surprise that The Latic's fans are very concerned over the new appointment, and will surely be looking for some clarification. Some believe that the appointment was purely financial, the club had to pay very little compensation to Ipswich, and Byrne would not have asked for a large contract like some of the other candidates were looking for.
Wigan will be playing in the EFL League One this season, alongside former Premier League champions Blackburn Rovers.