Steve McClaren is one of two final contenders for the managerial vacancy at Wigan Athletic, the Daily Telegraph has reported, with Latics chairman Dave Whelan to choose between the former England manager and ex-Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle.
Whelan is seeking a successor to Roberto Martinez, who left the DW Stadium to take over at Everton after David Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United. A board meeting has been called by Whelan to discuss the appointment, and whoever the chosen candidate proves to be, they will be tasked with immediately returning the club to the Premier League.
McClaren has not managed in English club football since a brief spell at Nottingham Forest at the start of the 2011/12 season and resigned from his second stint at Dutch side FC Twente in March. The Telegraph adds however that McClaren impressed Whelan in his interview earlier this week.
Coyle was sacked by Bolton in 2012 and is in the frame with Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen, although the Dutchman is considered an outsider due to his lack of managerial experience in England. Wigan were also put off by the £2.5m compensation due to Brighton and Hove Albion if Gus Poyet was approached.
Whelan said: “I’ve seen some great lads, top managers and it could be we have to speak to one or two of them again, but I’d say it’s likely we will make an announcement on Friday. The total priority is for the manager to get us into the Premier League. If he can do that then he’s done his job and he’ll be with us for a long time.
“I don’t like the thought of appointing someone just because they have specialised in the Championship though. That would be short-term and I don’t want to bring someone in like that. You need to have them with you for five or six years to be successful.”
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