Steve McClaren & Owen Coyle Front Runners For Wigan Athletic Job

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Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has narrowed down his list of targets to Steve McClaren and Owen Coyle.

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Wigan look set to appoint a new boss next week and has narrowed down its list of candidates to two names, former England boss Steve McClaren and former Bolton boss Owen Coyle according to the Daily Mail.

McClaren is said to be slightly ahead of Coyle in the running and it is believed that McClaren was lined up to replace Roberto Martinez last summer when it looked like the Spaniard would take over at Liverpool.

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has said he wants to avoid managers who are currently in work, ruling out the likes of Brighton manager Gus Poyet.

“I have tried to stay away from managers who are  in work at the moment because there is a fee involved with those,” Whelan said. 

With the Wigan chairman only looking at unemployed managers, the club won’t have to pay a compensation fee, meaning Wigan can save money and look forward to spending some of their budget on new players this summer.

The FA Cup winners will start life in the Championship this summer, having played in the Premier League for the past 8 seasons.

Former boss Roberto Martinez left the club at the end of the season to take over at Everton.

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