Wigan fans are 100% behind Mr Coyle. Allegedly.
Just like how DC Thomson always released a ‘Summer Holiday’ edition of their usual publications, Progress With Unity attempts in vain to fill the rather large gap between football and football with a healthy dose of juicy speculation. And maybe some football as well, but that takes something of a boisterous back seat as the media’s ‘Mad Half Hour’ extends further than Owen Coyle’s ‘ankle’ socks.
Oooh yes, I’ve been rather quiet of late as that soggy sponge I call my brain soaks up the Eastenders-esque antics of Uncle Dave and company. My main reaction thus far has been simply this: “meh”. Like when we won the FA Cup (wait, we won the FA Cup?!), it’s taking quite a long time for my ageing brain to process what has happened in the past seven days or so. All those relegation battles and Dave Whelan sound bites of the last eight years have reduced what once resided in my skull to a mushy, porridge-like substance. For this I wish I could apologise.
I shall reserve judgement on Mr Coyle until we have witnessed some actual football (boo hiss!), but that hasn’t stopped the other six guys on the Progress With Unity podcast doing so to a certain extent. The team reconvene in the Springfield Hotel near to the site of the fabled Springfield Park to reminisce on Latics past and look forward to Latics future. Can’t wait. (Previous sentence to be taken as seriously/sarcastic as the reader sees fit.)
Bye bye, Bobby (0:00); hi there, Owen, fancy an ice cream? (6:05); Pre-season fixtures (24:00); TransferWatch with ‘respected football journalist’ Danny Jamieson (26:05); potential fixture pile-ups (36:25); Fans Forum early info (41:20)
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I can only apologise for the tinge of apathy in this post (and indeed my own personal contribution to this week’s podcast), but the end of the Martinez era feels a bit like returning from your holidays abroad and having to get back to the grind of work almost immediately. Much like such a situation, however, I am sure that I will get used to it after a while – I have no choice.
Anyway, an ever-so-gentle reminder that PWU iTunes, RSS and app gubbins exist out there in cyberspace should you choose to utilise them to keep up to date with activities in Unityville. Or maybe Progresstown? Hmm.