Ince to Wigan rumours denied

MK Dons chairman Pete Winkelman has moved to deny reports linking manager Paul Ince with the vacant managers job at Wigan Athletic.

Reports were circulating this morning that Latics chairman Dave Whelan has identified "one outstanding candidate" to replace the sacked Chris Hutchings with one national radio station naming Ince.

However, when asked by the Citizen this morning (Wednesday) whether or not Ince had had talks at the JJB Stadium Winkelman said: "No, he hasn't spoken with Dave Whelan.

"It's not surprising that he has been linked considering the job he's doing here and there's no doubt we've got one of the best of the managers outside the top division."

Winkelman's comments were backed up by the Wigan Evening Post who understand that Whelan is looking for a manager who isn't currently attached to a club, with Joe Royle and Martin Jol in the frame for the post.

Ince has made a stunning start to life as Dons manager, leading the club to the top of League Two after 10 wins from their opening 15 games, including a run of eight straight wins that saw him named manager of the month for October.

The Dons are also in the area semi-final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy after a 2-0 win away at Bournemouth last night.

The ex-Manchester United, Inter Milan and Liverpool midfielder has been linked with the vacant manager jobs at a host of Championship and Premiership clubs and the Citizen understands the Dons has recieved approaches from a number of clubs.

And an MK Dons spokesman said: "There isn't a single club who wouldn't want Paul Ince as their manager.

"Every single job that has become available Paul has been linked to. However, he hasn't gone yet and he probably won't go in the near future.

"But this is football and anything can happen."

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