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Wigan look set to confirm appointment of new manager

Wigan Athletic, currently in administration, look set to confirm appointment of a new manager in a saga full of surprises this week.

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.

Meanwhile, reliable journalist Alan Nixon revealed via his Twitter account that former Hannover, Barnsley and Hearts boss Daniel Stendel was the favourite for the job.

That was just a week ago, and since then, Simon Grayson looked also a contender for the job, though he went in, had talks, and then backed out, no surprise there really due to the current situation.

Now Nixon along with various other reports emerging on Thursday is saying that former Chesterfield boss John Sheridan is set to leave League of Ireland club Waterford.

Sheridan is nearing the end of his contract in Ireland, despite only managing eight games for Waterford, and could take the chance of getting back into the English game – even for a short spell.

Sheridan will leave the club after tomorrow’s SSE Airtricity Premier Division clash with Bohemian FC at Dalymount Park after just eight games in charge of the Blues.


1981–1982 – Manchester City
1982–1989 – Leeds United – 230 apps (47 goals)
1989 – Nottingham Forest
1989–1996 – Sheffield Wednesday – 199 apps (25 goals)
1996 → Birmingham City (loan) – 2 apps (0 goals)
1996 → Bolton Wanderers (loan) – 6 apps (3 goals)
1996–1998 – Bolton Wanderers – 33 apps (0 goals)
1998 – Doncaster Rovers – 7 apps (0 goals)
1998–2004 – Oldham Athletic – 144 apps (14 goals)
Total – 621 apps (89 goals)

National team
1985–1987 -Republic of Ireland U21 – 2 apps (0 goals)
1988–1995 -Republic of Ireland – 34 apps (5 goals)
1994 – Republic of Ireland B – 1 app (0 goals)


2001 – Oldham Athletic (co-caretaker)
2003–2004 – Oldham Athletic (caretaker)
2006–2009 – Oldham Athletic
2009–2012 – Chesterfield
2013–2015 – Plymouth Argyle
2015–2016 – Newport County
2016 – Oldham Athletic
2016–2017 – Notts County
2017 – Oldham Athletic
2018 – Fleetwood Town
2018–2019 – Carlisle United
2019–2020 – Chesterfield
2020 – Waterford


As a player

Sheffield Wednesday

  • Football League Cup: 1990–91

Bolton Wanderers

  • Football League First Division: 1996–97

As a manager


  • Football League Two: 2010–11
  • Football League Trophy: 2011–12

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