Report: Player who Jurgen Klopp let go from Liverpool now being considered for first managerial role
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Report: Player who Jurgen Klopp let go from Liverpool now being considered for first managerial role

Former Liverpool defender Kolo Toure is now top choice to fill the vacant managerial position at Wigan Athletic.

That’s according to BBC Sport. They claim that Toure has become the ‘favoured candidate’ to take over at the Championship club.

The 41-year-old, who made 71 appearances during a three-year spell at Liverpool, is currently a first team coach at Leicester City.

Toure has reportedly been installed as the first pick after brother Yaya Toure ruled himself out of contention.

Wigan are looking for a new manager after sacking Liam Richardson last week. The Lancashire club sit in 22nd placed in the Championship table.

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Toure ready to step out of Rodgers’ shadow

This would be a brilliant step for Toure. The former ‘Invincibles’ centre-back has been glued to Brendan Rodgers side for most of the past decade. He’ll have learnt plenty from the former Liverpool boss.

It was Rodgers who first brought Kolo to Anfield. Joining aged thirty-two ahead of the 2013/14 season, Toure was a surprisingly important figure as the Reds went so close to winning the Premier League title.

From then on, his importance to the side slowly dissipated. Finally, after playing most of his final season, and scoring his only Liverpool goal, under Jurgen Klopp, he departed on a free transfer in 2016.

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From there, the Ivorian headed to Celtic. With Rodgers installed as manager, Toure played a part in a domestic double for the Glaswegians.

After playing for Celtic for just a season, Kolo then decided to call time on a brilliant career. For the past five years, he’s been installed on Rodgers’ coaching staff, first at Celtic and then at Leicester.

Now, having done his time in the background, it seems as though Toure is ready for his chance at the big job.

The appointment isn’t done just yet, but best of luck if it all gets sorted, Kolo! We’ll be rooting for you.

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