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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 May, 2005, 11:56 GMT 12:56 UK
Man City give Wigley coaching job
Steve Wigley
Wigley left Southampton this week
Manchester City boss Stuart Pearce has given a backroom role to ex-Southampton manager Steve Wigley after ending Asa Hartford's long stay at the club.

Hartford will step down as reserve-team boss after spells as player, coach and caretaker manager totalling 18 years.

Wigley, 43, will replace him after leaving his youth-team role with Saints earlier this week.

"I am simply delighted to be joining Stuart and City," Wigley said. "It is most definitely a club on the up."

Wigley replaced Paul Sturrock as Southampton boss in August last year but was himself ousted in December when Harry Redknapp was brought in.

The club has got to move onwards and forwards - and that sometimes means a change in personnel
City chairman John Wardle

He returned to his role as director of youth football at St Mary's in March.

Pearce added: "Steve is an excellent addition to my team.

"Not only does he have experience as a Premiership manager, he has experience at all levels of football.

"He is enthusiastic, a real team player and everything I'm looking for in a coach. He will be a great link - in particular between the academy and the first team."

Hartford, 54, made over 320 appearances for City in two spells as a player in the 1970s and 1980s.

He returned to the club as assistant manager to Alan Ball in 1995 and has since held a variety of coaching roles.

City chairman John Wardle said: "Asa has been with us for many years and has done a good job.

"He will always be very welcome at City, he has been a great servant but the manager wanted to bring in a new face.

"The club has got to move onwards and forwards - and that sometimes means a change in personnel."


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