HITC Sport understands that Portsmouth boss is in the frame for vacant Wigan manager’s job.

Portsmouth manager Paul Cook

Portsmouth boss Paul Cook has emerged as a contender for the manager’s job at Wigan Athletic, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Wigan are searching for a new manager after sacking two managers this season, as they suffered relegation from the Championship.

Gary Caldwell was axed after a poor start to the campaign with Warren Joyce brought in as his replacement, but the former Manchester United reserve team boss was sacked in March after just four months in charge at the DW Stadium.

Gary Caldwell

Graham Barrow took over an interim basis until the end of the season, but he could not prevent the club from dropping down into League One again after one season back in the Championship.

Wigan are now searching for a new manager for next season to build a side capable of winning promotion back to the Championship at the first time of asking, and Pompey chief Cook is thought to figure highly on their wanted list.

Portsmouth’s manager Paul Cook celebrates with players after getting promoted to League One

Cook guided Portsmouth to the League Two championship this season after leading them to the play-offs in his first season in charge at Fratton Park.

The 50-year-old is highly-regarded in coaching circles after impressing at Chesterfield before his switch to Portsmouth in the summer of 2015.

Cook led Chesterfield to the League Two title during the 2013/14 season and he followed that up by taking them to the play-offs in League One the following campaign.

Wigan are now considering a move for Cook as they see him as the man who can get the club back on the winning track.

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