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Wigan Athletic - Chris Hutchings

Wigan Athletic - Chris Hutchings

When Hutch took over the reigns after former manager Paul Jewell left a lot of football fans away from Wigan said 'Who?`

Well lets tell them who

Chris Hutchings started life in professional football at Chelsea in 1981

Chris was working as a brickie and playing non-league football with Harrow Borough at the time.

He left Chelsea and signed for Brighton where he stayed for 4 years before moving on to Huddersfield, Walsall and finally Rotherham.

Whilst at Rotherham Chris first ventured into coaching becoming one of the youth team coaches at Millmoor.

The Hutch left football for a short time and went into the second hand car trade, a skill he learnt there should stand him in some good stead in transfer dealings.

It wasn`t long before Chris got the call to go to Bradford City as Chris Kamara`s assistant

And following Paul Jewells appointment at Valley Parade he became his number two starting a double act that would serve the Latics very well

When Jewell left Bradford for Sheffield Wednesday Hutch took over the managers role

But he lasted just 137 days and 12 league games before getting the sack with Chelsea being the only league game that Bradford won with Hutch in charge.

Jewell got the Latics job in 2001 and called for the Hutch to come and assist and he duly obliged

They formed a fantastic partnership that saw the Latics rise from the third tier of English football to the dizzy heights of the Premiership.

Jewell famously quit Latics the day after Premiership survival was confirmed in the game at Bramall Lane against Sheffield United.

Dave Whelan, Latics chairman, had no hesitation in offering Chris Hutchings the manager`s seat at the JJB

An offer that Chris has taken and appears to be relishing the challenge of making the Latics an established Premiership club

The season ahead promises to be interesting and here`s hoping that Chris Hutchings will last more than the 137 days and 12 league matches of his previous attempt at managing in his own right

Do you think that Hutch will progress the Latics as a club or are we in for another nail biting season?

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Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Sunday July 15 2007
Time: 4:41PM


Lets hope that Hutch can carry on his good work from the transfer market into the new season and if we can start with 14 points from the first seven games then we should be in for a good season
15/07/2007 16:51:00
I think you will go down sadly,poor appointmant IMO shame really i quite like wigan.
15/07/2007 17:41:00
Thanks for that Mike...must admit I was disapointed when we gave Hutch the job, but in fairness to him he has kept us in the news and there is a real buzz around the place, if he can transfer this into the new season we will be fine, it's you lot I worry about, complaining about transfer fees sounds like a club with not much to spend and with your move to Kirby coming all finances might be tied could end up nice ground wrong league!
15/07/2007 17:56:00
we will have to pay 20-30 mil for the ground if we move, which we can make in naming rights or a long term mortage on increased revenue. Moyes always sets limits he will pay on players and will never budge, we nearly lost out on Arteta for the sake of 150k.we will sign someone and maybe a few lonas, would take some disastrous injuries to relegate us. James Vaughan will score 15+ goals next year, and you can qoute me on that!
15/07/2007 18:29:00
James Vaughan is a talent no doubting...good luck for the season lets keep the north west buzzing
15/07/2007 18:51:00
Apart from the first game of will get stuffed in that one!
15/07/2007 18:52:00
we haven't beaten you yet at goodison since you came up! so we may well do. We have a good first 11, but after that it's not great reckon we will finish 7th if we stear clear of injuries.
15/07/2007 20:08:00
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