FORMER Celtic star Shaun Maloney is ready for a dramatic return to management after his failed attempt at Hibs.

The ex-Easter Road boss is on troubled Wigan’s radar following their sacking of of Kolo Toure – after only FIFTY-NINE days in charge.

Maloney was linked with the post in November last year before the Championship club opted for the Ivorian legend who had a stint at Parkhead in season 2016/17 when he was part of Brendan Rodgers’ Invincibles who completed the domestic clean sweep without a solitary loss.

UNDER PRESSURE…Shaun Maloney faces the questions during his 19-game spell as Hibs manager.

However, the one-time Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool defender has endured a torrid time in the Latics dug-out with the team failing to win in his nine games since taking over.

The end was in sight when they lost 2-0 to Luton on Tuesday – their second home defeat in four days – to leave the team anchored to the foot of the Championship, four points adrift of safety.

Toure was axed in the fall-out and Wigan have now switched their attention to Maloney, according to a report in the Scottish Sun.

The 40-year-old coach, who won the FA Cup in 2018 during his four years at the club, has been out of work since being fired by Hibs in April last year following a short stint as Easter Road gaffer.

In 19 games after he replaced Jack Ross, the Edinburgh club won six, drew six and lost seven before he was dismissed.

Now Maloney is on the brink of a comeback with his old club on the brink of the drop into the English third tier.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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