Leicester City set for windfall as surprise departure edges closer

The latest Leicester City news is that the former Liverpool, Arsenal, and Celtic manager is set to take over as manager of Wigan Athletic.

Wigan Athletic is said to be hoping that Kolo Toure will be ‘given the green light to begin training as the club’s new manager on Thursday.

The Leicester City manager appears to be leaving the club to take up his first managerial position. He joined City in February 2019 alongside manager Brendan Rodgers and was part of the coaching staff that guided City to two top-six finishes, an FA Cup, and a Europa Conference League semi-final last season.

He joined the coaching staff at Celtic in 2017 after deciding to hang up his boots. Toure’s playing career saw him play for the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester City before finishing his playing career under Rodgers at Celtic.

Reports emerged last week over Wigan’s interest in speaking to Toure about the vacant managerial position following the departure of Leam Richardson, after an eight-game winless run.

Wigan currently sits in 22nd place in the Championship table after winning promotion back to the division last season. Former City boss Rob Kelly has taken charge of the club on a caretaker basis since the decision for a change to be made was taken.

It now seems that a current City coach will take over the role. Toure was said to be interviewed for the post at the end of last week and became the prime candidate.

According to Wigan Today, the Latics were hopeful of making an announcement over the weekend ahead of players returning to training this week. However, factors, including negotiations with City and sorting backroom coaching staff, have delayed the appointment.

Toure signed a new deal with the club alongside manager Rodgers back in December 2019, with the deal running until 2025. It, therefore, means that City is due significant compensation from Wigan for the coach.

Quite how much that will be is not clear, but the two clubs are said to have been ‘locked in talks over the figure all weekend. Should the appointment be completed, Toure’s first game in charge of Wigan will be against Millwall at the New Den on December 10.

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