A new department has been created responsible for player recruitment which has been described as “crucial for the long-term benefit of Wigan Athletic” by Sharpe.
The department will change the way Wigan identify, assess and target new signings, which will be overseen by Head of Football Operations Matt Jackson along with Chief Executive Jonathan Jackson and Academy Head Gregor Rioch.
The club has also appointed Jamie Roberts in a newly-created role of Head of Player Identification. A new Chief Scout will be appointed next week and a team of recruitment analysts will help identify players.
“It is a completely different approach for us” said chairman David Sharpe, “one that is being used by other forward-thinking clubs, and is very exciting in that it revolutionizes the way we will recruit players in the future, from the Academy to the First Team.
“It is crucial for the long-term prosperity of Wigan Athletic that, as well as bringing players through the Academy, we put in place a recruitment structure that ensures investment in new first team players is more efficient and in line with a long-term philosophy.”
The Latics are currently 22nd in the Sky Bet Championship and are five points away from safety with seven matches still to play.
Wigan Athletic boss Malky Mackay faces a colossal task of keeping the club in the Sky Bet Championship, but if he does manage to achieve it, it world certainly be one hell of a miracle.