Next Wigan Athletic Manager: Who will replace Swindon Town bound John Sheridan?

by The Sack Race / 11 November 2020, 19:38

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.

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.

Next Wigan Athletic Manager Odds

Leam Richardson

Current Team: Wigan Athletic


Gary Caldwell

Previous Team: Partick Thistle


Steve Cotterill

Previous Team: Birmingham City


Graham Alexander

Previous Team: Salford City


Nigel Adkins

Previous Team: Hull City


Sol Campbell

Previous Team: Southend United


Paul Heckingbottom

Previous Team: Hibernian


Paul Ince

Previous Team: Blackpool


Gary Bowyer

Previous Team: Bradford City


Danny Cowley

Previous Team: Huddersfield Town


Ian Dawes

Previous Team: Tranmere Rovers


Simon Grayson

Previous Team: Blackpool


Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink

Previous Team: Northampton Town


John McGreal

Previous Team: Colchester United


Kevin Nolan

Previous Team: Notts County


Nigel Pearson

Previous Team: Watford


Keith Hill

Current Team: Tranmere Rovers


Michael Jolley

Previous Team: Grimsby Town


John Askey

Current Team: Port Vale


Dave Challinor

Current Team: Hartlepool United


Shaun Derry

Previous Team: Cambridge United


David Flitcroft

Previous Team: Mansfield Town


Michael Flynn

Current Team: Newport County


Robbie Fowler

Current Team: East Bengal


Clint Hill

Previous Team: None


Paul Jewell

Previous Team: Ipswich Town


Steve Lovell

Previous Team: Gillingham


Dino Maamria

Previous Team: Oldham Athletic


Micky Mellon

Current Team: Dundee United


Mike Newell

Previous Team: Grimsby Town


Neil Redfearn

Previous Team: Rotherham United


Russell Slade

Previous Team: Hereford United


Paul Tisdale

Current Team: Bristol Rovers


David Unsworth

Previous Team: Everton


Gary Teale

Previous Team: St Mirren


Darren Currie

Previous Team: Barnet


Paolo Di Canio

Previous Team: Sunderland


Iain Dowie

Previous Team: Hull City


Ian Holloway

Current Team: Grimsby Town


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