Mathias backs Coyle or Poyet for Latics job

Gus Poyet
Gus Poyet

FORMER Latics boss Ray Mathias reckons Wigan Athletic should opt for someone with experience if they want to make an immediate return to the Premier League.

Ex-Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan became the new bookies’ favourite yesterday but Mathias thinks the likes of Gus Poyet or Owen Coyle would be a more suitable fit for the job.

“I think it’s got to be someone with some experience,” he told the Evening Post.

“The likes of Gus Poyet, who has done extremely well at Brighton, and Owen Coyle who did well at Burnley and also Bolton would be good options.

“There are a couple of other managers too. I’ve seen Steve Bruce mentioned as well.

“The players must be low at the moment, they’re Championship players now and not Premier League players.

“I know there’s been a lot of talk about players leaving the club and that’s not good either.

“Psychologically it’s going to be hard for them. It’s a massive job for the manager to turn the players around and lift him.”

Mathias reckons the club are in a good position off the pitch and isn’t surprised that there have been a lot of applicants for the managerial post.

He added: “It speaks highly of Wigan. I would imagine the quality of the applications has been very good with what Wigan have achieved winning the FA Cup. “It’s going to be a great challenge for whoever goes in and hopefully he’ll have the club in his heart and take them forward.”