Steve McClaren favourite for Wigan Athletic post

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 20 May 2017, 20:47

Three months ago Steve McClaren’s second spell in charge of Derby County came to a disappointing end after the Rams sent him packing just five months after re-appointing the 56-year-old. But now the former England manager could be set for a return to the dugout with Wigan Athletic.

McClaren entered into the top echelons of the Next Wigan Manager Market on Thursday, and today (Saturday) can be found as short as 11/8 (Bet Victor) to become the club’s fourth manager in the last seven months (Gary Caldwell, Warren Joyce and interim boss Graham Barrow being the other three).

A few days McClaren, who is currently studying for a Masters in Sporting Directorship, was linked with former club Middlesbrough and their neighbours Sunderland but, not as manager, but as director of football. However, McClaren has rejected these rumours, insisting for now he is keen to remain in the managerial arena, telling BBC Radio 5 Live:

"Many people have been saying about a sporting director role.

"There's no way I'm ready for that. That's something in a few years' time.

"I'm a coach, a manager, I want to work on the field and I'm purely at Huddersfield games because I admire the way that they play.

"They play great football and it's only just up the road from where I am and you always get an exciting game. "Sporting director? Not for me at this present moment. I want to coach and manage."

If both reports and the current odds are to be believed then McClaren’s next job could be down in League One with Wigan, who were relegated from the Championship last month for the second time in three seasons.

When the Latics found themselves in the third-tier in 2015/16 it was Caldwell who orchestrated an instant return to the Championship, and that is again the goal, with the club the 9/1 third favourites to win League One, and 3/1 to get promoted (Sky Bet).

McClaren has never managed in the division but he has an abundance of experience in the Championship and Premier League, as well as in Holland and Germany.

Whether he’ll be the new Wigan boss is open to debate, in what has so far proved to be a difficult market to predict, with a number of gaffers trading places at the top of the betting, including the likes of Portsmouth’s Paul Cook, Wigan’s Nathan Jones, and Oxford’s Michael Appleton.

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