Whelan eyes Rosler to replace Coyle at Wigan

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Wigan chairman Dave Whelan claims his club have been granted permission to speak to Brentford boss Uwe Rosler regarding their managerial vacancy.

Latics are searching for a new manager for the second time in six months after parting ways with Owen Coyle on Sunday night, when the ex-Burnley and Bolton boss’ offer to resign was accepted by Whelan following three successive home defeats.

Out-of-work Ian Holloway, who has twice won promotion out of the Championship with Blackpool and Crystal Palace, was the first to publicly declare his interest in the vacancy on Tuesday night but it appears Whelan has set his sights firmly on Rosler.

A deal may be concluded ahead of Wigan’s visit to Millwall tomorrow.

“We have permission to talk and I will be meeting him and hope to get it done (Friday),” said Whelan.

The Latics, who play Sheffield Wednesday on December 18 are 14th, nine points off the play-offs, while they’re in the hunt for the last 32 of the Europa League ahead of Thursday’s concluding round of fixtures.