‘Will you, Uwe?’ Wigan Athletic look to ex-Manchester City striker Uwe Rosler to improve fortunes

By Colin Rhodes

Wigan Athletic hope to appoint former Manchester City striker Uwe Rosler as their new manager today after being given permission to speak to him by League One outfit Brentford.

The former German international would replace Owen Coyle, whose tenure ended on Monday following the club’s poor start to the season.

Latics have only won two of their last 11 games in all competitions and currently sit 14th in the Championship, well off promotion pace.

In a typically bold move, Wigan owner Dave Whelan is looking to bring in the 45-year-old back to the north as quickly as possible with the Latics in action against Millwall tomorrow.

“I’m told he’s mad keen to come and I have to say, Brentford have been very good in their dealings. They are obviously reluctant to lose him but they’ve been very, very helpful,” Whelan told the BBC.

“The aim would be for him to get us in the play-offs this year and get back up to the Premier League inside two seasons. I will tell him all of this when I speak to him but I hope we can get it done tomorrow.”

Rosler played 152 games for City between 1994 and 1998 and scored 64 goals, then moved into management after his playing career was ended when he was diagnosed with lung cancer.

After making a full recovery from his illness, he moved into management with Lillestrom in 2003 and has also managed two other sides in Norwegian football.

Rosler started at Brentford in 2011 and has won 60 of his 136 games in charge of the Bees.

Image courtesy of Wigan Athletic, with thanks.

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