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Club News: Mike Pollitt Joins Coaching Staff

Our longest serving player, will no longer be our longest serving player as Mike Pollitt retires from the playing side of the game and joins Uwe Rosler's back room staff. Best signing we have made this summer so far for me.

Clive Brunskill

In every team there are always those player, or backroom staff who everyone just remember being there. In case of the past ten years or so Mike Pollitt as just been there. The goalkeeper who was signed from Rotherham United under Paul Jewell came in to add some real competition to our keeping department to compliment John Filan.

Could Pollitt or Jewel envisage just what the keeper would go through with his time at Wigan. He is the one of only two players to have played in both the Carling Cup and FA Cup final games, the other being Paul Scharner. While he has inspired us at times with world class saves.

Everyone from the club always says just how great a character he is to have around the club. That infectious smile and attitude to be part of the team all recent managers at Wigan have always worked hard to keep Pollitt at the club come the end of the season.

Uwe Rosler has been no different. News had been filtering out that Rosler wanted to keep hold of the 42 year old goalkeeper. It was just a case of would Pollitt stay at the club now that he is fourth in line to play out of our goalkeepers. Well Phil Hughes, who came in under Owen Coyle as goalkeeping coach, has departed the club leaving a gap for Mike as goalkeeping coach.

It seems that everyone is happy with the situation. Speaking to the official club website Pollitt has said he can't wait to get started coaching, although it is going to be weird coaching ex-team mates. While Rosler said it is time to give young coaches a chance and is happy that Pollitt will remain with the club.

For a player who we all know so well at the club Pollitt only managed 41 appearances at the club. However his 24 he made in out opening Premier League campaign are the ones we all remember him for. This game against Arsenal in the Carling Cup one of his greatest performances, withe the penalty save against Robert Pires, as Wigan made it through to the final!