John Sheridan is all set to vacate his post at Wigan Athletic in order to jump up two points and four places to fellow League One side Swindon Town, in a managerial move that few, if any, could have predicted at the start of the week.
BBC Sport reports that Sheridan will take charge of the Latics for the final time on Wednesday night, with his month-to-month contract expiring this week.
If, as expected, the move comes to fruition then the Swindon post will remarkably be Sheridan’s fourth job of 2020, and eleventh in the last five years alone.
It also means that Wigan will be forced into their second managerial search in the last four months, having previously lost Paul Cook back in the summer.
Given that the third-tier's basement club are still in administration, it could be a while until they find a permanent replacement, while any new face that does come in is likely to be on a month-to-month contract, like Sheridan.
Fans can already see who is in the running to succeed Sheridan, as the next Wigan manager market has now opened up, with a number of familiar faces in the mix for the League One position.
It’s been reported by Wigan Today journalist Paul Kendrick that former Latics boss Gary Caldwell would ‘jump at the chance’ to return to his old stomping ground; one where he won the League One title in 2016.
Caldwell was then sacked 14 games into Wigan’s 2016/17 Championship season, before going on to manage Chesterfield for 29 matches, and Falkirk for 42 matches. He’s been out-of-work since leaving the Scottish club a year ago.
Gary Caldwell would reportedly jump at the chance to return to Wigan, if John Sheridan leaves for Swindon.— The Sack Race (@thesackrace) November 11, 2020
Caldwell previously led the Latics to the League One title in 2015/16 🏆
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In the last few days alone, Sol Campbell has featured in the betting for the Swindon, Sheffield Wednesday and Tranmere jobs. The former England and Arsenal player can now add Wigan to that list as he bids to secure his third job in the managerial arena following spells at Southend and Macclesfield.
Former Salford City manager Graham Alexander has also been no stranger to manager markets since he was unexpectedly turfed out by the Class of 92 a month ago. Providing he still lives in the Salford vicinity, a commute to Wigan shouldn’t take the two-time promotion winning manager long at all.
Paul Ince, Nigel Adkins, Simon Grayson and Paul Tisdale also feature, while there are a catalogue of managers out at 25/1; ranging from Dino Maamria, who did a very creditable job in difficult circumstances at fellow Greater Manchester side Oldham, to Fleetwood Town’s first team coach Clint Hill.
Meanwhile, Leam Richardson could well take over the first time once again for the immediate future, although he’s not believed to be keen on the full-time gig. However, a couple of early wins on the board could well change his stance.