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Bristol City name Steve Wigley as new assistant manager

Steve Wigley
Wigley had spells at Nottingham Forest and Portsmouth as a player

Bristol City have named Steve Wigley as their assistant manager following the appointment of Keith Millen as the new boss last week.

The 48-year-old joins City on a one-year rolling contract.

"Steve was the man I wanted. He was always the name at the front of the list," Millen told BBC Radio Bristol.

Wigley had a brief spell as a Premier League manager with Southampton back in 2004 and has recently helped out at Bolton and Hull.

The ex-winger was also Stuart Pearce's assistant at Manchester City and has been helping him with the England Under-21s, something Wigley will continue to do.

Millen continued: "I thought about trying to get Steve in last year when I was thinking about taking the job [following Gary Johnson's departure].

He's got good experience, most of it in the Premier League and also there's the Under-21 connection which could be useful

Keith Millen

"It's funny how things turn out really. I know his agent who I've been speaking to recently.

"I met Steve a couple of times recently and he's really excited about coming in.

"He's got good experience, most of it in the Premier League and also there's the Under-21 connection which could be useful."

During his 14-year playing career Wigley had spells at the likes of Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United, Birmingham City and Portsmouth.

His first managerial appointment was at Aldershot Town in 1995 when they were in the Isthmian League.

He then joined Nottingham Forest as assistant academy director in 1997 before joining Southampton in four years later.

Following his time at Eastlands Wigley's 18-month spell at Bolton saw him have a brief stint as joint-caretaker manager before Owen Coyle took over.

His latest coaching role was at Hull City under Iain Dowie, whose attempt to keep them in the Premier League last season failed.



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