Wigan Athletic: A credit to the Premier League
Wigan Athletic opinion: Despite Premier League relegation, the Latics can go down with their heads held high
Wigan are now consigned to the clutches of the Championship after a below par against Arsenal on Tuesday night.
The Latics rallied and at half-time found themselves at 1-1 but Arsenal were able to find that next level that was beyond Wigan. However they have spent eight glorious seasons in the Premier League and they will be sorely missed.
What Roberto Martínez, a former Wigan player himself, has managed to achieve at Wigan is phenomenal, constantly labelled a 'Championship team' Wigan had to earn the right to play in the Premier League and in a mixture of creativity in attack and positive belief all round Wigan were able to survive the drop until now.
But what can Wigan and Martínez be remembered for? First of all we have to remember their positive style of play which has earned them admirers from all over the country. Having entertained some of the league's top players at the DW Stadium in the likes of Victor Moses, Tom Cleverley, Hugo Rodallega and of the current crop of players Arouna Koné and Shaun Maloney it is no wonder that they have succeeded in the way they have.
Wigan has been an outlet for attacking creativity in the league for some years now as is witnessed by some of the names above and is a place where great players are made and them unfortunately sold, but nonetheless we must remember Wigan for their relentless nurturing of young individuals.
We must also remember Wigan Athletic F.C. for their chairman Dave Whelan who made a promise to Wigan fans that he would get them into the Premier League. He fulfilled this promise and went a couple of steps further in earning them a tenth place finish , a League Cup semi final and a further seven seasons in the top flight of English football.
He is also to answer for the building of the JJB Stadium and so his passion for the club is reciprocated in the fans' constant loyalty and respect for him.
Wigan, although relegated this season, have not gone out without a bang. 'Maloney takes... and it's in! It's Ben Watson! It's Ben Watson for Wigan Athletic!' is something that WIgan fans won't forget for a while and once again the magic spark that has been lying around Wigan in recent seasons was evident once more and in typical fashion Wigan have been able to manufacture something great from a unfortunate season.
Undoubtedly the most important ingredient to the success Wigan have had is their charming yet tactically astute manager who has guided them each step of the way. It is no wonder he is being linked with more Premier League jobs such is the reputation he has gained at Wigan and he would be a big loss to the Premier League if he stayed with Wigan.
Wigan have lost the majority of their fire but there is still a flicker of flame surrounding the club. That is for sure.
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