Next Wigan Athletic Manager Odds

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Liam Bewsher

Duncan Ferguson: 8/11

Former Everton caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson is now the favourite for the Wigan job. and is now 8/11 to become Wigan manager.

Ferguson left his coaching role at Everton this summer to pursue a managerial role elsewhere.

Speaking to the No Tippy Tappy Podcast, Ferguson revealed he wanted to be given the Everton job until the end of the season when Rafael Benitez was sacked. When that didn't happen, Ferguson accepted a coaching role under Lampard until the end of the season, and then decided to part ways.

"Ferguson couldn't be better prepared to be his own manager now" - Sam Allardyce

Sam Allardyce, who worked with Ferguson during his time at Everton, told the No Tippy Tappy Podcast that "Ferguson couldn't be better prepared to be his own manager now". He even went further, saying "Whoever is listening to this out there, owner of a football club, give the big man a chance".

Speaking about managers he has worked with in the past, Ferguson said about Allardyce "what I loved about Big Sam was he was straight, straight fella, straight talker, tactically very good, knew his game plan and communicated that very well with the players".

Ferguson also listed the managers he has worked under, including Roberto Martinez, Ronald Koeman, Marco Silva, Carlo Ancelotti and Frank Lampard.

Ferguson also mentioned his relationship with Ancelotti, stating:

"Good with the players, good tactically, everybody loved him, good man, and I got on really well with him. Actually to the point where we ended up going on holiday together.
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Neil Critchley Odds: 9/4

Former Blackpool manager Neil Critchley is also being closely touted for the job at Wigan, having left Aston Villa upon Steven Gerrard’s sacking.

Critchley was recently dismissed as part of Gerrard’s coaching team at Aston Villa - this was despite only joining the Villains last summer from Championship outfit Blackpool.

The 44-year-old had a successful time as Blackpool manager in his two years at Bloomfield Road, as he guided the Seasiders to promotion from League One via the play-offs in the 2020/21 season, before overseeing a 16th place finish in the Championship in 2021/22.

Rob Edwards Odds: 12/1

Former Watford manager Rob Edwards is the favourite for the job at Wigan Athletic, just weeks after missing out on the vacancy at Middlesbrough.

The 39-year-old lost his job at Watford following three wins and five draws in 11 matches, but, however, the Hornets are known for their ruthless nature when it comes to sacking managers - meaning that Edwards’ reputation likely won’t have taken too much of a dent.

Edwards’ managed to earn promotion to League One with Forest Green in his one and only season as manager of the club, winning 24 and drawing 19 of his 53 matches in charge as they won the League Two title for the first-ever time. This achievement has certainly put his name on the map for many clubs higher up in the EFL.

Shaun Maloney Odds: 14/1

Ex-Wigan midfielder Shaun Maloney is also on this list of candidates linked to the job.

The 39-year-old has had some interesting coaching experience, having worked with Roberto Martinez in Belgium’s national team setup as Assistant Manager, before being Hibernian’s manager in the 2021/22 campaign.

Maloney’s time as Hibs manager was not successful though, having won six and drawn six of 19 matches in charge, leaving him with a win percentage of 31.6%.

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Paul Cook Odds: 18/1

Popular ex-Wigan boss Paul Cook has been linked with a sensational return to Wigan.

Cook notably made a fairytale return to Chesterfield this year, where In his time as a manager of the Spireites, Cook helped lead Chesterfield to a League Two promotion in 2013/14 and the following year managed them to a sixth-placed finish in League One.

Cook was also successful in his time as manager of Portsmouth having guided the Fratton Park club to the League Two title in 2016/17.

However, the club he most notably had success at is Wigan Athletic. In his time at the DW Stadium, he led the club back to the Championship in 2017/18 as well as managing a memorable FA Cup run in which they reached the quarter-finals after beating AFC Bournemouth, West Ham United and eventual Premier League champions Manchester City.

Cook left Wigan following their relegation back to League One in 2019/20, having seen his team deducted points late on in the season that plunged the Latics into a relegation battle.

The most recent Football League role that Cook had, was with Ipswich Town, but, his time with the Tractor Boys didn’t go as planned, winning 13 and drawing 17 of his 44 matches in charge of the Portman Road club, leading to his sacking.

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