Wigan Athletic appointed Uwe Rosler on December 7th, and with that came a fresh feeling of optimism that they could have a brilliant second half to the season.
The Latics have struggled so far this season, having to juggle the rigours of Championship and Europa League football. Now out of Europe, their focus will solely lie domestically.
With the strong squad they possess, they were tipped to be challenging at the top end this season, and that is well within their grasp.
Largely keeping the core of their Premier League squad, they have the strength in depth to see the season through playing at their peak towards the end, something that can be sparked further into life by Rosler, a new face to the Championship.
Grant Holt, James McClean and Callum McManaman are all highly-rated, whom many would say are too good for the Championship. Nick Powell, on loan from Manchester United, is also tipped for great things.
With nine of their next 12 games against sides in the bottom half of the league, now could be the perfect time for Wigan to push themselves on, and establish themselves as contenders, sending a statement to the rest of the league.
Owen Coyle seemingly held his talented squad back, but now is the time for them to be unleashed, and the rest of the league will realise it's dangerous. Rosler was a shrewd appointment by Wigan owner Dave Whelan, and with the Championship as tight as it is, it won't be long before they're being talked about.
The style of football under Coyle wasn't what suited the Latics players, and Rosler has changed it already, much to the delight of playmaker James McArthur.
"We got the ball down and tried to move it like we used to," he said.
McArthur was referring to the football played under Roberto Martinez, that drew many plaudits from neutrals. Pick up their season, and it will be Rosler's side picking up the praise, as they bounce towards the Championship automatic promotion race.
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