Betting Special: Manchester United veteran top dog for Wigan job

Rene Meulensteen has left Old Trafford along with Sir Alex Ferguson and is the early favourite to succeed Roberto Martinez at the DW Stadium
Roberto Martinez, who resigned as Wigan Athletic boss on Tuesday, is a rare example of a manager who leaves a relegated Premier League club with his reputation still burgeoning and he is expected to set to snap up another job in the English top tier.

But his departure from the Latics has left the club with a gaping hole in their plans for achieving promotion and they will be keen on hiring a coach before pre-season training commences in the latter half of June.


Graeme Jones 3/1
Rene Meulensteen 4/1
Owen Coyle 6/1
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer 10/1
Gus Poyet 16/1
The man installed immediately as a frontrunner for the DW Stadium job is Rene Meulensteen - a name that is unlikely to evoke many memories for your average football fan but a key coach behind the scenes at Manchester United.

Meulensteen rose up through the ranks at the Premier League giants after joining as a youth coach in 2001, moving up to working with the reserves in 2005 and - after a short spell away at Danish club Brondby - was Sir Alex Ferguson's first-team coach from 2007 until the end of this just-finished season.

The Dutch coach is part of the exodus at Old Trafford that has followed Ferguson's departure and David Moyes' hiring - he is available at 4/1 (5.0) with Coral to succeed Martinez in the hotseat as of Wednesday morning.

As if often the case when a coach leaves a club, the assistant manager has been thrown up as another possibility for Wigan chairman Dave Whelan to consider. Graeme Jones was Martinez's understudy at Swansea and then at the Latics but the bookies do not think he will follow the Spaniard to his next venture if his low odds are anything to go by. Jones is 3/1 (4.0) to take over the FA Cup winners.

Two coaches who have been linked with a number of positions recently - Owen Coyle and Gus Poyet - are also, unsurprisingly, contenders in bookmakers' eyes for the Wigan job.

Coyle is currently without a job and Coral have the former Bolton and Burnley boss has dropped from an industry-best price on Tuesday night to 6/1 (7.0) with Coral to take over at the DW Stadium. Poyet, on the other hand, is in charge at Brighton currently but has had a fallout with the club's board and could seek pastures new this summer. He remains an outsider odds-wise and is chalked up at 16/1 (17.0).

One of the obvious appeals to the Wigan job is that they will play in the Europa League next season having beaten Manchester City in the FA Cup final in early May. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is another former Manchester United backroom staff member who is being linked with a return to England. He is currently enjoying success with Norwegian side Molde, where he is continuing his silverware-winning into his coaching career, but is available to back at 10/1 (11.0) with Coral.

But it is Meulensteen who currently looks in the best position to take over at Wigan. However, with the job vacancy still in its infancy, many potential coaches have great-value odds in an open and interesting market.

Rene Meulensteen to be next Wigan Athletic manager at 4/1 (5.0) with Coral

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