Wigan Athletic and Notts County make managerial appointmentsby Jack Kitson / 08 April 2015, 09:44Tweet
Tuesday proved to be a successful day for managerial appointments, as both Wigan Athletic and Notts County unveiled new gaffers at a pivotal stage in their respective seasons. The Latics, who only sacked Malky Mackay on Monday, wasted no time in handing their former player Gary Caldwell his first job in the managerial arena, whereas the Magpies finally found their man in Dutchman Ricardo Moniz.
Wigan Athletic - Gary Caldwell
Gary Caldwell surprisingly fended off reported competition from the likes of Nigel Adkins, Paul Jewell and Graeme Jones to bag his first job in the dugout. The former Wigan Athletic skipper only retired from the game in February due to a hip injury, however he has now been thrust right into the managerial arena, after being promoted from his role as a member of the academy coaching staff.
The 32-year-old, who turns 33 on Sunday, has been handed a permanent contract at the DW Stadium, which implies that he will remain in charge next season, even if the Greater Manchester club suffer their second relegation in three years.
- Wigan are priced @ 8/1 (Sky Bet) to stay up.
- The Latics have been handed odds of 5/2 (Ladbrokes) to beat Fulham on Friday.
Caldwell has five matches left this term to save the Wigan from the dreaded drop. The problem is that the Latics are eight points adrift of safety, meaning a miraculous turnaround is unlikely, although not impossible. The Scot will take charge of his first match on Friday, which is a crunch clash away to relegation-rivals Fulham, a sizzling six-pointer that is followed by games against Millwall, Brighton, Wolves and Brentford.
Notts County - Ricardo Moniz
Notts County fans had to wait a little longer for their club to replace Shaun Derry, who was sent packing on 23rd March. The Magpies had been linked with a host of candidates but appeared to have found their man in Ricardo Moniz last week, however they were left desperately disappointed after the Dutchman pulled out of the running due to "family reasons". But, in a dramatic u-turn, the 50-year-old has now put pen to paper and signed a three-year-deal at Meadow Lane.
- Bet Victor have handed Notts County odds of 8/11 to avoid the drop.
- The Magpies can be backed at @ 21/10 (Ladbrokes) to get off to a winning start under Ricardo Moniz.
Moniz has plenty of experience, previously taking charge of the licks of Hamburg, Ferencvaros and 1860 Munich, while he led Red Bull Salzburg to the Austrian league and cup double back in 2011/12. The Dutchman has never managed in England, although he did work as a skills coach under fellow countrymen Martin Jol at Tottenham. Moniz will be tasked with saving County from the drop down to League Two. The Magpies are one point adrift of safety, with six games remaining, starting with a trip to rock-bottom Yeovil on Saturday.