Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has welcomed Paul Jewell's comments that he's interested in a return to the JJB stadium.
Asked if the former Bradford and Sheffield Wednesday boss would be his first choice to replace Hutchings, Whelan told BBC Radio Five Live: "Absolutely."
He added: "If he applied for the job I'd certainly love to talk to Paul.
"I had a great relationship with him at Wigan Athletic.
"I'm delighted because if he is interested I'll be talking to him, certainly."