THE next manager should have the contacts, knowledge, expertise and experience across the divisions to bring in players who will have the ability to provide a good service to the club and get it back to the Championship where it deserves to be.

That person in my opinion would be Chris Hutchings.

As a coach and number two to Paul Jewell, Hutchings has shown he can motivate players on the training ground and take that onto the field of play.

For the chairmen of two Premier League clubs to have the confidence to appoint him as manager, albeit for a short period, makes the kind of statement this club cannot afford to ignore.

This level of football may suit Hutchings further as he seems to have been thrown into the deep end with his first two appointments and you must give the man credit for having the bottle to take on such a high-profile job.

With his own choice of coaching staff and backing from the board he would have the opportunity to emulate the success he enjoyed at Wigan, except this time as the No1 and ultimately provide the boost needed in this crucial centenary year.

I understand Hutchings lives locally and has been seen watching Town on a number of occasions, so he should have a ‘fan’s-eye view’ of what has been going wrong both on and off the pitch, and surely this is better than bringing in someone who has little or no knowledge of the players.



Give it to Hutch

AS a Huddersfield-based Wigan supporter, I would suggest Town would not go far wrong by appointing Chris Hutchings as manager.

Chris is still held in high regard by a high percentage of supporters across the border, who believe that he was not given enough time to turn things around at Wigan. The partnership with Paul Jewell over the years was seen as just that by the fans.

Unfortunately during his reign the team was subjected to a high number of injuries but the chairman still found it necessary to judge by results even though a weakened squad put in some very good performances.

Whoever Town choose I wish them every success for the future.