McClaren emerging as Wigan favourite

Former England coach Steve McClaren is favourite for the Wigan Athletic job.

Former England coach Steve McClaren is favourite for the Wigan Athletic job.

The Daily Star says he has edged closer to a shock return to management after Wigan scrapped a move for Gus Poyet.

Chairman Dave Whelan has whittled his list down to two after refusing to pay the £1.7m compensation fee written into Poyet's Brighton contract.

Instead Whelan is set to appoint ex-England boss McClaren or former Bolton chief Owen Coyle.

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