Championship club to rival big hitters as bold bid hatched to land Uwe Rosler - report
By Alex Stevens
Wigan are plotting a bold bid to re-appoint Uwe Rosler as their manager, according to a report.
The Sun on Sunday claim in their print edition (page 57) that the Championship strugglers have made the Fleetwood boss their number one target to fill their vacant managerial position.
It is said that Wigan are ready to battle big hitters Norwich in the race to land the in-demand Rosler.
The Sun on Sunday report that the German tops a shortlist that includes another ex-Latics manager in Gary Caldwell, as well as Mike Phelan, Kenny Kackett and Luton’s Nathan Jones.
Rosler has got his managerial back on track after a short-lived spell as manager of Leeds last season that abruptly ended with the sack after just 11 league matches.
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The 48-year-old is one of many managers to fall foul of the lack of patience of erratic Elland Road co-owner Massimo Cellino.
Rosler is now in charge of League One side Fleetwood Town and has steered the minnows to the play-off spots with hopes of a first-ever promotion to the Championship.
Fleetwood are four points adrift of second-placed Bolton in the race for automatic promotion but are third in the league and well placed to secure a top-six finish that will guarantee a place in the play-offs.
Rosler spent 12 months as manager of Wigan and led them to the Championship play-offs and an FA Cup semi-final in 2014 but a down turn in results led to the sack.
The German has also had spells as manager at English second-tier clubs Brentford, as well as Norwegian trio Molde, Viking and Lillestrom.
Wigan, who appointed Graham Barrow as caretaker manager after sacking Warren Joyce last month, are struggling to avoid the drop.
They are 23rd in the Championship and five points from safety despite coming from two goals down to secure a remarkable 3-2 win against Barnsley last Thursday.
Norwich represent a more prestigious job given the club’s spells in the Premier League, including last season before they returned to the Championship.
The club have had a disappointing campaign, and lie in 10th position ahead of their Bank Holiday clash against Preston North End at Deepdale.