The Daily Mail reports that Joe Royle could become the new director of football at Wigan Athletic. The Latics are now back in the Sky Bet Championship and are in talks over a potential takeover worth £22million.

The Latics are managed by Paul Cook, who guided them to promotion in his first season at the helm. However, he could soon be receiving more support in the form of 69-year-old Royle, who most recently has been working at Everton in the youth department, before departing in December.

Royle is a club legend at Everton, and also a former manager. In more recent times, he has worked with the Under-23 side in a coaching capacity, whilst also helping out with scouting and recruitment in this area as well. He now looks to be focusing his attentions on the senior side of football as Wigan look to establish themselves in the second-tier of English football once more.

Wigan are currently in discussions with International Entertainment Corporation from Hong Kong, who hope to complete a big money takeover of the football club. Should this be concluded, they want Royle to come on to board to offer his experience and expertise. His main job is it understood will be on recruitment, as Cook looks to strengthen his squad even more following promotion.

Royle has managed Oldham Athletic, Everton, Manchester City and Ipswich Town during a lengthy career in the game. He has also worked at Norwich City as a consultant, whilst in 2009 he briefly was caretaker boss at former club Oldham too, where he was offered, but turned down, the job full time.

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