Odds comparison next Wigan manager
The last five years have been full of ups and downs for a club that were Premier League mainstays for close to a decade, until they eventually succumbed to relegation from the top flight in the 2012/13 campaign.
Oddly, the club also won the FA Cup, which meant that they would be playing in the Championship and the Europa League the following season. After reaching the play-off final on their first attempt, it didn’t appear to be too long before they would be back in the top flight. However, the club’s Premier League push has since crumbled.
2014/15 saw the club relegated to League One after a disastrous season under three different managers in Uwe Rosler, Malky Mackay and Gary Caldwell. They managed to regain their place in the Championship last season, but with the club struggling to pick up points in the second tier, a third relegation in five years looks likely.
Their poor form eventually cost Caldwell his job in October, with the sat in 23rd place with just 11 points from 14 games. Despite a lack of managerial experience at this level, Manchester United reserves manager Warren Joyce was handed the reigns. However, his appointment has had little effect on results so far.
Should the club choose to look elsewhere, another former-Manchester United charge has been linked with the hotseat. Ryan Giggs has been linked with every vacant Football League job since departing the club this summer following the arrival of Jose Mourinho, and Wigan joined the growing list prior to Warren’s arrival.
Giggs has little managerial experience, with his only head coach role coming during a four match spell with the Red Devils following David Moyes’ sacking back in 2014. Yet, Giggs is held in high regard within the game, having played more than 650 league matches for United. With Wigan reportedly on the lookout for a young, enthusiastic manager, Giggs could be just the man that they’re looking for.
Although, with the club edging closer and closer to relegation, they don’t have the time to take risks. They are in need of somebody with Championship experience, who can ensure their place in the second tier next season, and fast.
Steve Evans would be a good choice, given the miracles that he performed at Leeds United last term. The experienced Football League boss took the job in October 2015, with the club sitting in 21st place, just one point off of the relegation zone. Despite many tipping the club for relegation, Leeds eventually finished in 13th place, 19 points clear of the drop zone.
Evans was unfortunate to lose his job at Leeds United at the end of the season and has since joined League Two club Mansfield Town. However, he is clearly a manager with the ability to manage at a much higher level. He may not be the man to build a project at Wigan, yet given their current position, the club need to adopt a short-term mentality in order to secure their place in the Championship.