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Swindon set to appoint Wigan boss as new manager

A surprising one now, League One side Swindon Town are reportedly set to appoint Wigan Athletic boss John Sheridan as their new manager.

The 56 year old only joined the Latics from Waterford in September, however is working on a month-to-month contract, with Wigan currently in administration.

The club’s prospective new owners want Sheridan to stay, however until the English Football League approve their takeover, they cannot make any offer.

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Sheridan’s present deal expires this week and he has told the club’s administrators he has decided to accept Swindon’s offer, according to BBC Sport.

His last game for Wigan will take place on Wednesday evening, when Wigan travel to Tranmere Rovers in the Papa John’s Trophy.

Sheridan will be replacing Richie Wellens who left the County Ground last week to take over at League Two side Salford City.

Swindon won the League Two title last season, but after a dodgy season so far, they are just a place above the relegation zone after three wins from nine League One games this season.

Sheridan has managed the likes of Oldham Athletic, Chesterfield, Plymouth Argyle and Carlisle United, but will now leave Wigan’s administrators in a right pickle.

Leam Richardson, who was a temporary replacement for the departing Paul Cook at the start of the season, is still with the club but having asked for help prior to Sheridan’s arrival, it’s not sure whether he’ll want to take the reigns again.

In addition, the Latics’ financial problems have exposed glaring issues within their squad, as the club sit bottom of League One.

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Wigan have been in administration since the beginning of July and were relegated form the Championship on the final day of the season due to their 12-point deduction for calling in the administrators.

Since then, they offloaded most of their first team players and although an agreement with a Spanish-based consortium to buy the club was reached at the end of September the deal has still not gone through.

However, the administrators have confirmed they have extended their ‘exclusivity period’ with the prospective owners and remain hopeful of reaching a good verdict.

“We have not as yet had a final decision from the EFL regarding the transfer of the Football Share,” said the administrators.

“Both the bidders and ourselves, together with our legal team, have had regular and ongoing discussions with the EFL regarding their requirements.

“The exclusivity agreement with the bidders, which runs out on the 11th of November, has been extended for a further period to try and ensure that we reach a satisfactory conclusion. At this stage, we cannot say when that will be, as matters rest with the EFL.

“Whilst we fully understand the fans’ frustration and the effect generally on the Club, we must adhere to the procedures set down if we are to be successful.”

Wigan have lost eight of their last nine games, and were knocked out of the FA Cup at the weekend by National League North’s bottom side Chorley. Eek.

John Sheridan admitted Wigan’s 3-2 home defeat to the non league side was his lowest point as a manager.

“Firstly, congratulations to Chorley and full credit to them,” he said.

“But at home, against a non-league team, you expect to win the game and go through to the next round – especially after you go 2-0 up.

“And we should have seen the game through.

“Good players make the game look simple by doing things simple.

“And sometimes we make the simplest things look very difficult, which is probably our downfall.

“The goals we have conceded all season have been absolutely comical.

“And again, the goals we conceded today were comical.

“I am down at the moment and I have to be careful after the game.

“But it is probably the worst result of my managerial career, if I’m going to be truthful.”

“The sending off changed the game a little bit but I still think, with what we have out on the pitch, we should see the game through and win.”

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