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The flamboyant Uruguayan is currently suspended by his current employers and Al Hain-Cole thinks he will impress Dave Whelan enough to be offered an escape to the DW Stadium

After allowing Roberto Martinez to leave in order to take over at Everton, Wigan have begun the search for a manager capable of leading them back into the Premier League following last season’s relegation.

Chairman Dave Whelan claims to have received over 50 applicants for the vacancy, but insists that he will have a new boss in place by the beginning of next week, after a hectic few days of interviews.

Next Wigan manager

Odds from BetVictor
Rene Meulensteen 11/4
Mike Phelan 7/2
Owen Coyle 4/1
Gus Poyet 4/1
Karl Robinson 5/1
Steve McClaren 5/1
The usually gregarious Latics owner remains tight-lipped over the identity of the current frontrunners, but BetVictor have Manchester United first team coach Rene Meulensteen as the 11/4 (3.75) favourite to land the job.

Many have credited Dutchman as the tactical brains behind The Red Devils’ numerous successes during his five years at Old Trafford, and trophy-laden managerial track record during a spell in the Middle East over a decade ago suggests he could be a hidden gem.

Steve Clarke’s impressive debut season as West Brom boss proves that assistants can make an immediate impact after stepping up into management roles, and Mike Phelan’s successful record as Alex Ferguson’s right-hand man sees him running Meulensteen close at 7/2 (4.50) to take over at the DW Stadium.

The club became known for their free-flowing style under Martinez, and Owen Coyle’s reputation as a football purist make the former Bolton boss a strong candidate at 4/1 (5.00).

However, Gus Poyet’s stock is considerably higher than the unemployed Coyle at present, having taken an attractive Brighton side close to achieving promotion this season.

The Uruguayan appears certain to leave the Sussex club following his suspension after a disagreement with the board, and his Spanish links seem to make him the perfect candidate to take over a cosmopolitan squad, at lucrative 4/1 (5.00) odds.

At just 32, MK Dons’ Karl Robinson has already established himself as one of the country’s most exciting young managers, but having allegedly rejected a move to Sheffield United recently, his loyalty makes him best avoided at 5/1 (6.00).

If Whelan wants someone with more experience, then former Eredivisie winner and England manager Steve McClaren could be just the man, although his disappointing 10-game spell at Nottingham Forest two years ago may count against him at 5/1 (6.00).

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.

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