Wigan Boss Emerges as Surprise Favourite for Bolton Job

  • April 01, 2016 | By Chris Mann
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Wigan Athletic boss Gary Caldwell last night emerged as a surprise contender for the vacant position at Bolton Wanderers.

Caldwell has flourished during his first full campaign as Latics manager, with an 18-match unbeaten run putting the club on the brink of promotion back to the Championship after a single season in League One.

The 33-year-old, who also represented Wigan as a player between 2010 and 2015, is due to celebrate his 50th game in charge when they travel to Shrewsbury Town on Saturday, but his long-term future at the DW Stadium has been thrown into doubt after a bust-up with chairman David Sharpe - grandson of former chairman Dave Whelan, who broke his leg whilst playing for Blackburn Rovers in the 1960 FA Cup final.

Unconfirmed reports suggest Caldwell has serious reservations about Latics' summer move to Euxton, when he will be forced to uproot from the club's current Christopher Park training ground.

Caldwell has rebuilt the struggling Wigan side that suffered relegation last season, handing debuts to more than 20 players throughout the course of the campaign, a mammoth task that appears to have caught the attention of Bolton's new owners, Dean Holdsworth and Ken Anderson.

Latest odds at Sky Bet list Caldwell as the even-money favourite to succeed Neil Lennon at Macron Stadium, closely followed by fans' favourite Phil Brown and the highly-rated Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder.

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