Whelan’s 15 candidates for Latics manager job

Owen Coyle
Owen Coyle

DAVE Whelan will interview 15 managers this week in his hunt to find Wigan Athletic’s new boss and wants a new man at the helm very soon.

The Latics chairman spent the back end of last week in Jersey mulling over the many applications he has received.

He was unable to approach any manager though until a compensation package had been agreed with Everton for Roberto Martinez.

Now that is all done and dusted, the search is underway for a new boss and Whelan has told the Evening Post that he has around 15 managers lined up.

“I’ve been in Jersey for four days and I couldn’t do anything before that because we had to agree compensation with Everton,” he said.

“Roberto had a contract to run so we had to get an agreement with Everton which we have got.

“That released Roberto and has let me speak to managers, I couldn’t interview anybody before that.

“I wouldn’t interview one soul until compensation was agreed.

“It’s all done now so I am starting interviewing and I’ve got probably 14 to 15 to do this week and I want somebody appointed within the week.”

The first thing Whelan did on his return to Wigan on Saturday was officially open the brand new Youth Zone, where he told the crowds that his number one ambition is to get Wigan back into the Premier League. The 76-year-old knows just how important an appointment it is and he is determined to pick the right man.

He was left overwhelmed by the number of applicants for the post and says he will still consider any more that come in this week. It’ll be an immediate start for the new manager once he is appointed with work beginning immediately.

“He’s got one job and that is to get Wigan Athletic promoted,” added Whelan.

“We have a lot to do before next season when we have a lot of matches to play.

“I’ve got people in my mind but it’s not closed, you never know who comes later.

“It’s amazing how many people want to manage Wigan Athletic.

“It’s good when a lot of people apply and there are a lot of good managers there.” Whelan is keeping his cards close to his chest with regards to who is being interviewed.

The bookmakers still have former Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan as the favourite with Owen Coyle not too far behind.