5 possible candidates for the Wigan Athletic job

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Wigan Athletic are on the lookout for a new manager for the second time in less than a year after they dismissed Uwe Rosler.

It might be deemed harsh that Wigan Athletic have sacked Uwe Rosler given that he took them to the Championship play-offs as well as the FA Cup semi-final last season. They were only denied a place in the final of the FA Cup by Arsenal via penalties.

Yet this season they have been disappointing, and are languishing in 22nd place. Dave Whelan isn't one to sack on the spur of the moment and often gives his managers time, however with the current situation he has decided to act now before any possible promotion campaign is written off.

Here are five candidates Wigan may turn to in the hope of resurrecting their season:

Malky Mackay

The former Cardiff City manager has been installed as the early favourite with Sky Bet (7/1). Mackay has been linked with pretty much every Championship vacancy since he parted ways with The Bluebirds last season. The public revealing of his conversations with Iain Moody haven't helped matters, but Wigan could do a lot worse than a manager who gained promotion from this very league just two seasons ago.

Paul Jewell

Dave Whelan got on very well with Jewell during his time at the club, as it was him who took them to the Premier League for the very first time in 2005. He decided to leave The Latics in 2006 after leading them to safety in the top flight. His spells at Derby County and Ipswich Town have been a lot less successful and he has been without a job for two years. However he knows the club well, and could ignite a revival.

Chris Hughton

Another manager to be continually linked with Championship vacancies is Chris Hughton. It looked as if the Birmingham City job would be the ideal role for him to step into once more, but The Blues opted for Gary Rowett. Hughton is another manager to have experience promotion from this league, and also has plenty of top flight experience.

Stuart McCall

The former Bradford City manager resigned from his job as Motherwell boss earlier this month after a successful four years. He led 'Well to a third place finish in 2012, but clinching the runners-up spot in 2013 and 2014 in the absence of Glasgow Rangers. McCall is currently part of the Scottish backroom staff and has always had plenty of drive and ambition as a player and a manager.

Brian McDermott

Yet another manager to have led a side into the Premier League before losing his job, McDermott will be keen to get back into management after a difficult spell at Leeds United. He took charge of Reading in a similar situation when they were in the Championship following a recent relegation. He stabilised them, and took them back into the top flight. Wigan still have a strong team and don't need mass changes. McDermott would be a sensible appointment.

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