Wigan Athletic Looking To Appoint Steve McLaren As New Latics Manager

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Former England boss is a shock candidate to take over from Roberto Martinez at Wigan.

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Steve McLaren is in the running to become Wigan’s next manager according to the Daily Mirror.

The former England boss is on a short list with Brighton’s Gus Poyet and Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen.

Chairman Dave Whelan is thought to want his new manager to share Roberto Martinez’s football philosophy, giving them the best chance for promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Meulensteen is thought to be front runner for the post at the moment however, Whelan has also made moves for McLaren and Poyet.

A return to the Premier League would be a huge boast for McLaren, who suffered a terrible spell as boss of Nottingham Forest in 2011, lasting just a handful of games.

His last job in football was as manager of Dutch club FC Twente, who in a previous spell he had helped win the Dutch League Title. This spell didn’t go to plan second time around and he has been looking for another job ever since.

Poyet is currently suspended at Brighton for comments he made after the clubs defeat to Crystal Palace in the Championship Play-offs.

The former Chelsea player would share Whelan’s vision for how Wigan are to play football and knows Martinez well.

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