Wigan Athletic hope to have Roberto Martínez's successor in place by the end of the next week with the candidates including two key members of Sir Alex Ferguson's old coaching staff at Manchester United. Mike Phelan, United's former assistant manager, and René Meulensteen, their first-team coach, are among those scheduled to be interviewed for the manager's job when Dave Whelan, Wigan's owner, returns from holiday this weekend.

Meulensteen is tipped to leave Old Trafford in the coming weeks as David Moyes reorganises the coaching staff but has recently been the subject of considerable praise from Ferguson.

Other contenders possibly on Whelan's shortlist as he prepares for life in the Championship include Brighton's Gus Poyet, Charlton's Chris Powell, the MK Dons manager Karl Robinson as well as Steve McClaren and Owen Coyle.

"I don't want to mess about too long," said Whelan who, since Martínez's departure for Everton, has also been linked with a move for his former manager Steve Bruce, currently in charge at newly promoted Hull City. "Interviews will start Sunday or Monday and I expect it to take four or five days."