While Wigan Athletic have been used to making the headlines during the last five years or so, this has largely been for positive reasons. Responsible for one of the biggest FA Cup upsets in recent years when they defeated big-spending Manchester City at Wembley in the final in 2013, they repeated this heroic result in the quarter-final last season only to be denied by Arsenal in a dramatic semi-final loss.
The third round draw for this season’s FA Cup is soon approaching so a repeat of the 2013 cup run wouldn’t hurt!
Let’s just sit back and reminisce about that great moment:
Despite these performances and the fact that the Latics achieved a play-off berth in May, however, we are looking to start afresh after parting company with German manager Uwe Rosler.
Drama, Poor Form and Negativity: Why the Latics may Struggle this Winter
Wigan’s fresh start may be a long time coming, however, especially after recent events off the field have cast a huge cloud over the club. After sacking Rosler, who had won just three out of seventeen games this term and watched us plummet into the relegation zone, the club immediately courted controversy by appointing former Cardiff City boss Malky Mackay as our new manager. Mackay is still being investigated for alleged comments made by during his time at Cardiff and therefore stands as a bold and attention grabbing appointment.
There is an old adage which suggests that when it rains it pours, however, the fans are experiencing a fairly heavy downpour in the North West at present. Our situation has been exacerbated by further comments that were allegedly made to a newspaper by Wigan chairman Dave Whelan, which have triggered an FA investigation and calls for him to resign his post. Whelan has confirmed that he will stand aside if the FA finds him guilty, meaning that the club face an even more uncertain future then before.
The Last Word: Can Wigan save their Season?
Amid the chaos and carnage, however, Wigan’s players have responded well and earned a valuable point during a 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough at the weekend. When you consider this and Mackay’s undoubted qualities as a Championship manager, there are positive portents for Wigan despite the controversy that currently surrounds the club.
I am not a betting man (as far as my wife is concerned at least), but if I was I would back Wigan to recover and retain our Championship status for another year. Whether Whelan or MacKay can salvage their personal reputations is open to debate, however, and a lot will hinge on the outcome of the FA’s separate enquiries. One thing is for sure, there won’t be a dull moment at the DW Stadium for the remainder of the season, but just remember to pack your umbrella if you are planning on a prolonged stay.