Cook favourite for Latics job

Portsmouth manager Paul Cook
Portsmouth manager Paul Cook
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Speculation Paul Cook is set to become the new Latics manager intensified last night.

The Portsmouth boss has been linked with the vacant role for several weeks, but has now emerged as the clear favourite.

Bookmakers have slashed the odds of Cook making the move to the DW Stadium.

He is a slender 1/10 with Skybet, ahead of Nathan Jones (7/1), Steve McClaren (10/1) and Uwe Rosler (12/1).

Cook, who has previously been in charge at Chesterfield, guided Pompey the League Two title last season. But a takeover at the club has put his future on the south coast in doubt.

Latics chairman David Sharpe is looking for his his third permanent manager in 12 months, after sacking Gary Caldwell and his replacement Warren Joyce during a disastrous Championship campaign.

Graham Barrow took temporary charge for the closing stages of the season, which ended with relegation back to League One.

Cook, who hails from Liverpool, started his playing career at Wigan Athletic in 1984 before moving on four years later, but returned to the club for a loan spell in 2001-02.