Reports from a reliable journalist on social media claims that there is a promotion winning manager named as the new favourite for the job at Wigan.
It was on the 1st of July 2020, less than a month after a change of ownership, that the Latics announced the club had gone into administration.
In August 2020, the club’s relegation was confirmed, which subsequently saw the resignation of manager Paul Cook.
Leam Richardson was appointed as the caretaker manager to take control of the squad’s training during pre-season and ahead of the 2020/21 season in League One.
Since then, a scheme was set up to raise £500,000 to secure the future of Wigan Athletic, which has reached its target with a day to spare.
The supporters’ club have now set a further target of £750,000 by Friday.
In a statement, the supporters’ club said: “Over the past week we are so pleased to have played a part in galvanising our fellow fans at a time when many of us were at our lowest point.
“We absolutely believe that our club will be stronger when our supporters work together to safeguard its future.”
Earlier this year, Wigan fans raised £200,000 so that the team is able to complete the 2019-20 Championship season.
The club were relegated to League One after their administration triggered a 12-point deduction to take place at the resumption of the season.
The administrators are seeking a buyer, with the Latics selling a number of players amid ongoing financial concerns ahead of the new season.
Alan Nixon has revealed via his Twitter account that former Hannover, Barnsley and Hearts boss Daniel Stendel is the favourite for the job.
He tweeted: “Fleetwood v Wigan might be a game next weekend. Stendel the fav for Wigan job if French America. Team come in.”
Fleetwood v Wigan might be a game next weekend. Stendel the fav for Wigan job if French America. Team come in. ???
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) August 30, 2020
Stendel was most recently in charge of Scottish outfit Heart of Midlothian, being appointed in December 2019, on a contract due to run until the summer of 2022.
In March 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic, Scottish football was put on hold indefinitely. To help Hearts during this period, Stendel refused to take any wage payments. Hearts were bottom of the 2019–20 Scottish Premiership at the time the league came to a halt, and were subsequently relegated when the league was curtailed.
Stendel had a clause in his contract which meant that it was no longer in effect if Hearts were relegated from the Premiership, and the club appointed Robbie Neilson to replace him on the 21sst of June 2020.
Prior to that, he was manager of Barnsley, which turned out to be a successful spell, before he got the axe, which caused anger from the fanbase.
It was on the 6th of June 2018 when he was named as manager of the then League One club on a two-year deal. Stendel led Barnsley to an immediate return to the second tier following relegation in 2017-18, with the South Yorkshire side finishing second in League One and going through the entire campaign unbeaten at home.
On 8 October 2019, Stendel was sacked as head coach following a run of ten games without a win. Stendel’s departure sparked widespread criticism of the board.
Stendel won 31 of his 66 games in charge of the club, the third highest win ratio of any permanent manager in the club’s history.
STENDEL’S PLAYING CAREER:
1994–1997 – Hamburger SV II – 77 games (35 goals)
1995–1997 – Hamburger SV – 7 games (0 goals)
1997–1998 – SV Meppen – 34 games (13 goals)
1998–1999 – FC Gütersloh – 31 games (5 goals)
1999–2006 – Hannover 96 – 180 games (43 goals)
2006–2007 – FC St. Pauli – 15 games (2 goals)
2007–2008 – Hannover 96 II – 19 games (4 goals)
Total – 363 games (102 goals)
2016–2017 – Hannover 96
– 34 games, 17 wins 9 draws, 8 defeats, 50.00 (Win %)
2018–2019 – Barnsley
– 66 games, 31 wins, 18 draws, 17 defeats, 46.97 (Win %)
2019–2020 – Heart of Midlothian – 17 games, 5 wins, 5 draws, 7 defeats, 29.41 (Win %)
Fans reacted after the manager was named the new favourite for the job at Wigan…
Could we start signing players and appointing staff straight away or would we need to wait for fit and proper persons test first? #wafc
— MT (@HarrisonTither) August 30, 2020
How close are French America tho? We need it done asap season starts 2 weeks today for us
— ? (@dtbkk_9) August 30, 2020
do we not have to wait for efl fit and proper test mate??
— Anthony Hopkins (@Anthony39043633) August 30, 2020
One step at a time, as long as it’s not Smurthwaite.
— ReeceWabaraHATER (@JamiroquaiUK) August 30, 2020
What do you mean it might be a game? Surely we’re gonna get battered
— Matty (@Matty_Ox10) August 30, 2020
Ohhhh? surely we won’t have him by then anyway
— Matty (@Matty_Ox10) August 30, 2020
— Ryan Mason (@RyanMas48068441) August 30, 2020