John Sheridan's reign as Waterford boss could already be coming to an end with the 55-year-old former Republic of Ireland heavily linked to take over as Wigan Athletic manager.

Sheridan replaced Alan Reynolds in the Blues dugout in July, having previously managed a string of lower league English clubs including Oldham, Chesterfield and Plymouth. 

Waterford are currently fifth in the Premier Division with four wins, four losses and two draws. Two weeks ago Sheridan bolstered his panel with the arrival of ex-Ireland striker Daryl Murphy, described at the time by the boss as "a massive, massive signing".

However Sheridan's plans for the team may prove redundant, with The Irish Examiner reporting the Latics are keen to bring him back across the water.

Wigan have endured a torrid few months. They were relegated to Sky Bet League One last season after a 12-point deduction for being placed in administration, and are currently seeking a buyer to secure their long-term future.

Sheridan hasn't been around the League of Ireland for long but he's certainly made an impression.

Last month then Dundalk boss Vinny Perth accused Sheridan of describing the Premier Division as "a pub league".

Waterford face Bohs at Dalymount Park tomorrow evening (live on WatchLOI, 5.45pm).

Administrators for Wigan say they are quietly confident permission will be granted to begin their league campaign as planned this weekend.

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

Former Sligo Rovers manager Paul Cook resigned from his role as Wigan manager at the end of July.

The 53-year-old earned widespread plaudits for his work at the club but he was unable to keep them in the Championship after they were hit with that 12-point deduction for entering administration. Caretaker boss Leam Richardson is currently in the hot seat.

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