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.
It looks like John Sheridan’s had enough at Waterford https://t.co/M8BwGwoeMz
— Off The Ball (@offtheball) September 10, 2020
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.
SHERIDAN’S PLAYING CAREER:
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)
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
- Football League Cup: 1990–91
- Football League First Division: 1996–97
As a manager
- Football League Two: 2010–11
- Football League Trophy: 2011–12
Fans reacted after seeing that Wigan look set to the confirm appointment of new manager John Sheridan…
John Sheridan ? got to laugh now or you’d cry. #wafc
— JP (@treeandcrown) September 10, 2020
Such a waste for Wigan if they appoint John Sheridan. He couldn’t even crack it at Chesterfield.
— Pranay (@npranay180) September 10, 2020
Right let’s get it going guys?
JOHN SHERIDAN’S BLUE&WHITE ARMY,
JOHN SHERIDAN’S BLUE&WHITE ARMY!
If you don’t laugh you will literally cry. #wafc
— Woolly (@Sam_Wooll) September 10, 2020
I dont want John Sheridan at or anywhere near our club, and im sure most fans dont.
— Jake cabeza (@CabezaJake) September 10, 2020
See captain loyalty John Sheridan is on the move again ??
— RoboBaracus (@ba_robo) September 10, 2020
John Sheridan, all the best mate. You gave what many would call no-hopers, a confidence we’ve been lacking heavily and should have collected more points than shown. Rattled a few cages, got a few managers sacked a long the way. Wigan is a good post to walk into, Bravo ?
— Luke Brennan (@LBrennanWFC) September 10, 2020
Imagine replacing Paul Cook with John Sheridan. Wigan fans will be left wondering whether saving the club was actually a good idea.
— Eamonn Maye (@emayezing) September 10, 2020
Id sooner have Sheridan Smith. She would definitely have more up front, too.
— DavGars2020 (@DGars2020) September 10, 2020
Horrible appointment to top off a horrible few months. Let’s all race to the bottom.
— DiggleLatic (@stevetannWAFC) September 10, 2020
Sheridan was terrible at Chesterfield. Lasted a lot longer in the job than he deserved because the previous owner liked him. Sheridan found it hard to turn around the negative atmosphere at Chesterfield so I don’t know what it’s like at Wigan with the situation but… good luck
— Luke (@lukeCFC25) September 10, 2020
Sheridan is a dinosaur now, his man management skills are very poor, good when things are going well but soon loses interest and tries everything to change results other than what needs to be changed. Both times at Chesterfield big questions over what gets done in training.
— Paul Eggleston (@longestplague) September 10, 2020
— Nessie (@Nessie3151) September 10, 2020