After breaking into Boro’s first team aged just 17 against local rivals Newcastle United, Cattermole joined the Latics before moving on to Sunderland in 2009.
The battling midfielder spent 10 seasons on Wearside, eight of which came in the Premier League, before the Black Cats suffered relegation in consecutive seasons, leaving the club stranded in League One to this day.
Cattermole then moved on to Dutch outfit VVV-Venlo and cemented himself as a fan favourite before Covid-19 hit and derailed his time on the continent.
The club decided against renewing the midfielder’s contract and Cattermole announced his retirement from playing after nearly 400 appearances.
The 33-year-old is now well into his A Licence and after coaching on a voluntary basis at Middlesbrough’s Academy was appointed head coach of the Teesside club’s under-18s.
Asked if he was pleased to be back at Middlesbrough, Cattermole said to Boro’s website: “It is great. I’m obviously buzzing. I said that to the lads first of all when I came in.
“I met them on Monday and I’ve worked in and around them a little bit here and there over the past year. I’ve been in the system. I came initially with the under-14s.
Wigan Athletic were denied a third win on the bounce last time out when they were held to a 1-1 by Rotherham United at the AESSEAL New York Stadium.
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Prior to that, Leam Richardson’s men ended their four-game winless run when they came from behind to secure a 2-1 win over Charlton Athletic on February 12 before seeing off Crewe Alexandra 2-0 three days later.
With 63 points from 30 games, The Latics are currently second in the League One standings, six points off first-placed Rotterdam United.
However, Wigan Athletic currently boast two games in hand over most of their league rivals and will hope to move level on points with the Millers at the summit of the table