Meg brings in new men

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GARY Megson is to appoint his former Bolton assistant manager, Chris Evans, as his No 2 at Hillsborough.

The new Wednesday boss is also planning to bring in another coach.

It is expected that Rob Kelly, who was Alan Irvine’s assistant, and Billy Barr, first-team coach, will be following Irvine out of the exit door.

Megson, as well as lining up Evans, has made an offer to a coach and is awaiting a reply.

Evans is a 48-year-old Welshman who was taken by Megson from Wolves to become his right-hand man at Bolton, in 2007. and they worked together for just over two years.

After Megson was axed in December, 2009, Evans was caretaker manager for one game, a 4-0 FA Cup win against Lincoln, before Owen Coyle was appointed manager and he left the club.

Evans had been academy manager at Wolves and was credited with helping to develop outstanding young players such as Joleon Lescott and Robbie Keane.

He left for Bolton because it was a senior management position and he was to work with the first team.

Coyle was ready to discuss the possibility of him staying at the Reebox Stadium but Evans felt that it was necessary for him and the club to make a fresh start.

Evans joined Wolves as academy manager in 1991.

A right-back in his playing days, he started as an Arsenal trainee. He moved on to Stoke, and played for York and Darlington but his lLeague career was curtailed by a broken leg when he was in his mid-20s.

There has been speculation that contenders for the coaching role at Hillsborough have included West Brom coach Michael Appleton and Bristol City assistant manager Steve Wigley.

However, Appleton is now caretaker manager at Albion after the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo, and his future could depend on who is appointed as Di Matteo’s successor.

There have been claims that Appleton could form part of a new Hawthorns management team with ex-Albion player Derek McInnes, who is boss of St Johnstone.

Appleton was signed by Megson as a player from Preston and became a senior coach after having to retire from playing at the age of 27 because of injury.

Wigley, a former Sheffield United player, was appointed by Megson as Bolton head coach in 2008.

He was also an England Under 21 coach and had worked with Stuart Pearce at Manchester City and managed Southampton.

He assisted Evans after Megson’s exit from the Reebok but, like Evans, left after Coyle’s arrival.

Wigley went back into the Premier League as coach at Hull, and became assistant to Bristol City boss Keith Millen last August.