The BBC understands that Portsmouth manager Paul Cook remains interested in discussing the managerial vacancy at relegated Wigan Athletic. The 50-year-old still has a year left to run on his contract at Fratton Park, and has just guided Pompey to the Sky Bet League Two title.
It was a very disappointing season for Wigan, who lasted just one season back in the English second-tier. Gary Caldwell, Warren Joyce and Graham Barrow all managed the club over the course of a largely forgettable campaign and they are still searching for Joyce’s permanent replacement.
On the betting front, Sky Bet has Cook has the short-priced favourite for the role at 5/4. Nathan Jones of Luton Town, who are in the League Two play-offs, is available at 9/4. There is then a sizeable gap to Alan Stubbs, who last managed Rotherham United, at 6/1. Uwe Rosler, who has previously managed Wigan, is at 9/1, but there has been a noticeable move for Cook over the last few days.
The Portsmouth News reports that Pompey have moved to engage in contract negotiations with Cook in a bid to keep him at the club. They want him to guide the club back into League One, hopefully with another promotion challenge too. Wigan shall be playing at the same level as Portsmouth next season. Cook is believed to want an improved contract in relation to terms and length on the back of his achievements in sealing promotion.
There has yet to be any official approach from Wigan to discuss any job with Cook. However should they move to do so it would put Cook into an interesting situation to say the least.