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Who is the current Wigan Athletic Manager?

Leam Richardson was born on the 19th of November 1979, now aged 40, in Leeds. Leam came through Blackburn Rovers youth academy up until 1997 until he received a call up to the senior team. He never made a league appearance for the club, however, when Brian Kidd became manager of Blackburn Rovers in 1998, Leam was given his first and only start for the club in an English League Cup game against boyhood club Leeds United.

When Kidd left a year after, Richardson moved to Bolton Wanderers for £50,000 and on the 12th August 2000, he made his debut for the trotters against Burnley in the Championship, an affair that ended 1-1. He struggled to break into the 1st team in that season, so at the end of that season, he moved on a loan deal to Notts County because Bolton had been promoted to the Premier League, he was no longer needed. Notts County at the time were in League One being managed by Billy Dearden, where they secured a 19th place finish, avoiding relegation. In this stint, Richardson made 20 appearances, therefore, Bolton recalled him back at the end of the season.

The following season, Richardson had a much improved season on loan at Blackpool where he helped Blackpool finish 12th in League One. It was at this point Richardson knew he had to settle at a club, to really make a career in football, so at the end of his contract at Bolton this same season, he moved on a permanent basis to Blackpool on a 2-year deal. In the coming 2 years, he became an influential figure at right-back, playing in a victorious Football League Trophy Final in 2004 and making 51 appearances over two league campaigns where Blackpool finished mid-table consistently.

He was released on a free at the end of the 2004-05 season and he then he joined Accrington Stanley. He then went on to spend 8 seasons on a non-contract deal with the club varying from a squad player to a starter. In the 1st season he helped Accrington win promotion to League Two as they finished 1st in the Conference premier. Accrington spent all 8 of these seasons in League Two, finishing consistently just above the relegation zone and just once they made it to the play-off semi-final where they lost in 2011.

When John Coleman departed from his managerial position at the club in 2012, Richardson took over as caretaker manager and in his 1st game in charge won 4-3 over Gillingham. Just a month later, Paul Cook took over as manager; but when he left join Chesterfield months later, Richardson was once again appointed as manager, but this time on a permanent basis. At the end of this season, he re-joined with Paul Cook as his assistant at Chesterfield for 2 years. They both had a brilliant couple of seasons as they won Chesterfield the League 2 title, followed by a play-off finish in League One. This caught the eye of Portsmouth, so they appointed Cook as manager followed by Richardson as his assistant once more. In the 2016-17 season, they once again won a league 2 title on 87 points, a remarkable achievement.

Cook and Richardson moved on once again, this time to League One side Wigan Athletic where they won the League One title on a huge 98 points. At the end of the 2019-20 season, Wigan were relegated from the Championship following a 12-point deduction. Paul Cook left Wigan by mutual consent after arousing interest from bigger clubs.

Richardson was then appointed as manager. It is unclear whether he will take forward Wigan or be replaced in the near future.