Barrow named Latics coach

08 July 2009 04:56
Roberto Martinez has appointed his former Wigan manager Graham Barrow as first-team coach at the JJB Stadium. Barrow was the man responsible for signing the Spaniard while he was in charge of the Latics in 1995 and now Martinez has repaid the favour. The 55-year-old enjoyed five seasons as a player at Wigan before a managerial career that also took him to the likes of Chester, Rochdale and Bury. Barrow reportedly turned down the chance to work with Martinez at former club Swansea in 2007 and arrives following a stint coaching Blue Square Premier side Altrincham. "This club has always been special to me, and it really is a dream come true to return here," he said. "I've worked with Roberto in the past, and he's a bright lad with lots of ideas who is very unique in what he has to offer the club. "The way he had Swansea playing attractive football and getting results at the same time was magnificent." True Wigan manMartinez insists that the appointment had nothing to do with sentimental value but rather Barrow's qualities as a coach. "Graham has not only been a good mentor to me over the last 15 years, but a genuine friend and I have often asked for his advice," he told the club's official website. "But I have not appointed him for sentimental reasons. He is a terrific football brain, and it is wonderful to have another true Wigan man on board."

Source: SKY_Sports