Date: 27th March 2011 at 11:01pm
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‘Rumours’ in The Sunday Mirror today were ‘claiming’ that Wigan are targeting Steve Cotterill as their next manager.

Wigan, as it stands, look destined to drop down to the nopower championship at the end of the season and this is seeing Roberto Martinez ‘coming under intense pressure.’

It is ‘said’ that come what may at the end of this season ‘Latics chairman Dave Whelan is set to review the position in the summer – even if the Latics stay up’ and that is leaving Martinez in a precarious position…

So ‘one man strongly tipped to replace Martinez is Portsmouth boss Cotterill, who has performed minor miracles given their limited resources.’

Cotterill, if I am honest, has not always been someone that I have liked.

Some of his methods and ‘word on the street’ talks about him have been less than ‘complimentary’ – I have also, and I have made no secret of this, not always liked his handling of the younger players at this club.

That said few could argue that, given the resources available to him, he has performed a fine job this season.

I still find it ‘unlikely’ but ‘if’ we could somehow force our way into the play-offs and pull off what seemed an impossible feat of getting promoted again he would have performed, as far as a manager goes, one of the greatest achievements in our history, right?

It all comes down to how ‘ambitious’ he is. Of course all managers, and players, want to be part of ‘the promised land’ of the premier league but ‘should’ Wigan be relegated this season, even if we do not go up, can Wigan really offer him anything more than us?

Of course they have, you assume, a greater stability but all in all they will be in the same boat as us, and the other sides on the nopower comes August!

With a couple of our coaches signing new 2-year contract this week it does not seem as though Cotterill is planning a getaway anytime soon so I cannot see this being anything other than ‘paper talk’ to be honest.

Should it prove more than this, and Wigan did make a summer move for him. I do not think he will move on anyway…well not for the timbering anyway and it will take – with all due respect – a better offer than Wigan for this…

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