Right now all Wigan Athletic will be concentrating on is the upcoming FA Cup final. It will be a welcome distraction from what seems like inevitable relegation to the Championship.
Year upon year Wigan finds themselves in the relegation dogfight, and year upon year they have survived; however, this season it seems like their time may finally be up.
Current manager Roberto Martinez has constantly been lauded as a saviour and questions asked of “how does he do it every year.” But why does everyone jump on the bandwagon and begin to congratulate him on a job well done?
Surely after one near miss, then you would do everything in your power to avoid it the following season? I find it mind boggling that Martinez is being adored for a pretty average job performance.
What they should be asking is: “Why have you found yourself in the position yet again?” One questions what they actually set out to do each season, are they the type of club that are happy just to stay in the top division and be content with a 17th place finish?
In recent times, perhaps apart from the FA Cup run this season, there hasn’t been much ambition. They consistently underperform year after year; it’s a wonder if many would care to see them relegated.
In a town that has always stated its loves for Wigan Warriors and Rugby League, the football is very much second best. The average gate is around 19,000, the home game against Newcastle was one of the highest selling of the season, and that was perhaps due to the away support; they even failed to sell-out their allocation for the recent Wembley FA Cup Semi final.
For a town lucky enough to have a Premier League club, they read as disappointing statistics.
Wigan Athletic rise to the Premier League has been a fairy tale story climbing from the bottom to the top. Dave Whelan has been a major part of the club, and not only has his money helped to get the club to where they are today, he has done wonders for the town of Wigan also.
I fear if Wigan do become the final team to be relegated this season that it will be unlikely that they will get back amongst the elite anytime soon.
The lack of ambition shown by the club must be a major frustration to the fans that actually do turn up week in, week out. Only time will tell if Wigan has what it takes to stay in the league; another season of being happy with the very little.
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