Oldham Athletic legend John Sheridan is in line for the manager’s job at cash-strapped Wigan.

Currently with Waterford in Ireland, the 55-year-old is a contender to take over at the DW Stadium on the eve of the new season according to reports.

Caretaker boss Leam Richardson is currently in charge after Paul Cook’s departure.

Latics are in administration and yesterday administrators said they were “quietly confident” permission will be granted to begin their league campaign as planned this weekend.

Having been relegated to League One after being handed a 12-point deduction, the club are seeking a buyer to secure their long-term future.

An initial deadline for a sale of August 31 was missed, but talks with interested parties are continuing.

Sheridan played 144 times for Latics between 1998 and 2004 and had five spells in charge at Boundary Park.

Wigan have also considered Simon Grayson but now appear to have turned their attentions to Sheridan.