PAUL Cook is set to resign from his role as Wigan manager.

The 53-year-old was unable to keep the Latics in the Championship after they were hit with a 12-point deduction for entering administration.

It saw Wigan drop from 13th to 23rd on the final day, but an appeal against the sanction will be heard on Friday.

Two Championship clubs, Bristol City and Birmingham, are both in the hunt for a new boss, with reports in the south west suggesting the Robins have held talks with Cook over the possibility of taking over at Ashton Gate.

They have been without a manager since sacking Lee Johnson earlier this month, while Birmingham parted company with Pep Clotet in the same week.

Cook took over at the DW Stadium in May 2017 and led Wigan to the League One title during his first season before he secured Championship survival last year.

A points penalty made it too tall an order this time and he will now leave Wigan, where he also spent time as a player between 1984 and 1988.

The club were placed in administration on July 1, despite a change of ownership less than a month before.

A preferred bidder was announced on July 22, the same day the Latics were relegated, but negotiations broke down because of the preferred bidder's "non-compliance in the first stage of exclusivity."

Talks are under way with the next preferred bidder out of the five offers which were received and there was an update from the administrators on Monday.

It read: "The joint administrators would like to provide the following update to state that discussions with the preferred bidder have continued on a positive note over the weekend and today, though at this stage there is no exclusive agreement.

"The joint administrators will further update supporters on Saturday following the appeal hearing on Friday, which is expected to take all day."