Phelan, McClaren, Coyle, Poyet, Meulensteen all linked with Latics

Bookies favourite Mike Phelan (right) with Fergie
Bookies favourite Mike Phelan (right) with Fergie
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IT’S been on the cards for a while but the search for the new Wigan Athletic boss is now officially on.

Bookies have been taking odds since speculation about former manager Roberto Martinez’s future began with the favourite constantly changing from one man to another.

Dave Whelan is away on holiday in Jersey for the remainder of the week where he will mull over the applications he has received.

He doesn’t want to hang about though and aims to have someone appointed by the end of next week.

“I’m in Jersey now until Saturday and then we’ve got the grand opening of the Wigan boys and girls club, which will be a really special occasion,” said Whelan.

“Then on Sunday and Monday we will start interviews to fill the position.

“I’m not going to sort of mess about too long, I expect it to be done in four or five days.”

There are certain managers who have been in the frame for some time now.

Manchester United first team coach Rene Meulensteen is widely tipped to leave Old Trafford following the appointment of David Moyes.

He comes highly rated from former Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who Whelan could ask for advice.

Others who are also believed to be in the reckoning are ex-Bolton manager Owen Coyle and former England coach Steve McClaren. Gus Poyet is also in the frame after falling out with the Brighton board, with ex-Manchester United assistand manage Mike Phelan also tipped to apply and is the current bookies favourite for the job.

One person who looks out of the running is Martinez’s assistant manager Graeme Jones, who is expected to head to Goodison Park with the Spaniard.

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