Wigan's eight-year stay in the Premier League came to an end on Tuesday night as they were thumped 4-1 by Arsenal meaning they’ll be relegated from the top-flight.

Barely 72 hours had passed since the greatest day in their history after beating Manchester City to win the FA Cup.

Since being promoted into the Premier League in 2005, Wigan have entertained Premier League fans. Their passing style doesn't epitomise your stereotypical relegation side and with talented manager Roberto Martinez in charge, Wigan are always good on the eye.

But having survived the drop by the skin of their teeth over the past couple of seasons, they couldn’t emulate the great escape this time and will drop back down to the Championship.

Becoming the only side ever to have won the FA Cup and get relegated in the same year, it begs the question: Would Wigan fans swap the FA Cup for a place in the Premier League again?

Sadly, the answer in probably yes. The difficulty of bouncing back to the big time means it could be a while before we see Wigan entertaining us in the Premier League again.

But whatever league Wigan are in come five or 10 years time, they will always be the FA Cup winners in 2013.

Talented players like Arouna Kone, James McCarthy and Callum McManaman may leave the club with bigger clubs sniffing around.

But it's not just the players that the Wigan fans fear saying goodbye to. Their manager has received deserved praise for what he's achieved at the Latics.

After joining in 2009, Martinez got Wigan playing attractive football and has managed to keep the club in the Premier League until now.

Prior to managing Wigan he got Swansea promoted to the Championship in 2008 and impressed fans with his philosophy.

His head has been turned by bigger clubs in the past but his relationship with Chairman Dave Whelan is something that other clubs need to learn from.

In 1995, Whelan purchased the club and through his business connections in Spain brought in three Spaniards, one of which being Roberto Martinez. The relationship started here with Wigan situated in Division three. Martinez left Wigan as a player in 2001 but returned eight years later as a manager with the club in the Premier league.

It's unlikely that Martinez will stay at Wigan next season with vacant managerial jobs such as Everton but who can blame him? Martinez deserves to be managing at the highest level.

Hopefully we'll be seeing Wigan grace the Premier League again soon as they’ve captured the hearts of many football fans. Wigan’s rapid rise through the leagues is a fantastic story and winning the FA Cup is the icing on a very big cake. It’s just a shame to see the club relegated a matter of days afterwards, cutting the celebrations short and bringing everyone down to earth with a hefty bump.


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