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Individual’s stance on potentially important Wigan Athletic reunion revealed

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Gary Caldwell would be opening to managing Wigan Athletic for a second time, a report from Wigan Today has claimed.

It has recently been reported that current Wigan manager John Sheridan is a target for their League One rivals Swindon Town, who are searching for a replacement for Richie Wellens following his move to Salford City.

Should that happen, Wigan – who currently find themselves bottom of the League One table – would of course need a new manager of their own, and it seems Caldwell could be a candidate for that role.

According to this latest update, Caldwell would relish the chance to return to the DW Stadium, having been out of work since leaving Partick Thistle in September 2019.

Caldwell previously made 109 appearances in all competitions for Wigan as a player between 2010 and 2014, before taking over as the club’s manager in April 2015 after retiring from playing, having also coached at the club during the latter stages of his career.

The now 38-year-old then went on to guide Wigan to promotion from League One as champions at the first attempt during the 2015/16, before being sacked in October 2016, with the club second from bottom in the Championship table.

It is also thought that Graham Barrow – a former player, manager and coach for the Latics – would be open to returning as assistant should the need arise.

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The Verdict

This would surely be a huge boost for Wigan were it to happen.

Whoever takes over at The DW should Sheridan leave, is going to have a huge job on their hands, given the young squad and off-field uncertainty they would be dealing with.

Bringing two people in such as Caldwell and Barrow who already know the club from past experience is something that should at least help with that, especially with Caldwell’s past success with the Latics at League One level.

As a result, you feel this is something the club ought to be looking to make happen, if at all possible.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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