With Owen Coyle sacked after only 23 games, chairman Dave Whelan is looking for the next Wigan Athletic manager and Andrew Musgrove looks at five potential names that he may choose.
Mike Phelan (Skybet 10/11)
The former Manchester United assistant manager was linked to the role in the summer when Roberto Martinez left for Everton and this time around Dave Whelan may give him his first chance in management. Having spent five years under Sir Alex Ferguson, the 51-year-old could not have had a better mentor and its little surprise that his name is being spoken of for the job.
Ian Holloway (Skybet 5/4)
‘Ollie’ left Crystal Palace in October 2013 siting tiredness but a man of his character can only stay away from the game for so long. Holloway’s excellent Championship record, namely the play-off promotion of Blackpool with a very average team, will make him a very attractive prospect for Whelan. He’s a man who can inspire a team and its fans while his style of attractive football has already won him many fans. However Wigan are likely to have competition for his signature with Sheffield Wednesday undoubtedly sniffing around.
Paul Jewell (Stan James 5/1)
The 49-year-old has a history with Wigan: an ex-player with 35 goals in 137 games to his name and then the manager who oversaw their astronomical rise from Division Two (now League One) to the Premier League in a short space of time. He guided them to the League Cup final in 2004 and a top ten finish in their debut Premier League campaign before securing last day survival a year after. Although he left a day later, he remains a Wigan favourite. Having been out of work for over year since leaving Ipswich Town, Jewell will be itching to get back into work and don’t rule out Whelan asking an old favourite to return.
Andy Liddell (no odds)
A surprise choice perhaps and a bit of long shot but with Whelan’s history of picking managers with some affiliation with the club then the appointment of their all-time goal scorer as new manager wouldn’t come as too big of a surprise. Andy Liddell scored 70 goals in 217 games for the Lactics. Currently a fitness coach at Ipswich Town, the ex-striker has had brief managerial experience in charge of Rotherham United for four games but his connection to the club may persuade Whelan to pull this appointment out of nowhere.
Graham Kavanagh (no odds)
The Carlisle United manager played under Paul Jewell at the DW Stadium for three seasons from 2004-2007 and was a corner stone to their debut Premier League season. Currently in his first managerial job with the Cumbrians he’s so far lead them to five wins out of 17 and has them occupying 18th place in League One. While he’s hardly set the world alight, Kavanagh has shown some promising signs in his first job and Whelan may offer him the chance at a higher level.