Wigan Athletic were in the same position as they are in now back in the 2014/15 season, second bottom in the Championship. Warren Joyce’s side will be hoping to get out of this mess. I think this season to stop the same thing happening to us, Warren Joyce needs to bring in his own players, staff and needs to implement his own style of play for the remainder of the season. In the 2014/15 season, that is exactly what we did we swapped the manager too many times and our team was a shambles. We have already sacked Caldwell and could do with not sacking Joyce, and hoping he can get his players in.
This is the starting 11 from the 2014/15 season from the opening game against Reading, under Uwe Rosler
Uwe Rosler was later sacked following a poor run of form, then Wigan owner, Dave Whelan responded by bringing in controversial manager Malky Mackay to take over from Rosler.
In January, there was a lot of outgoings and very few incomings. It looked like the Tics were doomed from that window alone. It left Mackay to utilise the, now dormant, loan window to bring in two young promising Premier League signings in Sheyi Ojo and Jermoe Sinclair, alongside experienced Championship players such as Leon Clarke and Kim Bo-Kyung, with players such as Jermaine Pennant also joining the ranks.
In contrast, this is the side which played in Mackay’s last game at the DW against Derby County.
As a comparrsion, this is the side that played in Wigan’s last league match against Huddersfield.
Wigan are in a similar situation to two seasons ago, cut adrift in the relegation zone, onto their second manager and going through a transition period. Its also evident that Warren Joyce wants to bring his own players to the DW however with little budget, as proven from the latest financial reports, this could be a case as of two seasons ago where the Tics must asset strip in order to get funds to bring those extra bodies in. This is a risk I feel Joyce must take if we’ve any chance of survival, but will history repeat itself?
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David – @DCurtyy – Football Writer
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