England’s women team coach Mark Sampson admits that his squad will take major confidence from the fans’ support as they look to lift the Euro 2017 title. The Three Lionesses qualified for the semi-final stage of the European championship after they clinched a 1-0 victory over France which was watched by more than 3.3 million people – the biggest TV audience ever for women’s football.
Sampson’s team face off against the Netherlands in Thursday’s semi-final and prior to the game, Sampson admits that the support from the country’s faithful would provide a massive drive in their quest to lift the title, he told BBC Radio 5 live: “The support is a huge inspiration to the players and a massive driver for them. It’s probably been a long time that there was a genuine belief that an English team can go and win a major championship. We’re very proud that some of the English public believe this team can go on and win. We take immense pride from that and a major sense of confidence.” (more…)
Wigan Athletic has appointed former Portsmouth manager Paul Cook as their new boss for next season. He will be replacing Graham Barrow who was serving on an interim basis.
He said that he is happy with what he has achieved with Portsmouth, but he feels that this is time for a new challenge. He said that he has enjoyed every moment of the promotion-winning campaign and that he will be cherishing the memories.
Paul Cook believes that there is a great opportunity at Wigan Athletic and that this is a great occasion for home to prove himself. He admitted that he would need time to know the players and the staff, but he is excited to get started in his new job. (more…)
Chey Dunkley has said his goodbyes to former club Oxford United following their promotion to the third tier of English football.
The 25-year-old was apparently offered a competitive offer to remain at the Kassam Stadium, but he opted otherwise after he received an approach from the former FA Cup holders Wigan Athletic. The Latics have not had a sound season ever since their relegation from the top flight, and they are back in League One following their failure to survive in the Championship last term.
The Latics will be hoping for immediate promotion just as they achieved during the 2015/16 season, and this has urged them to recruit the best talents in and around their domestic division. Dunkley, who made 96 appearances for Oxford across all competitions, left his farewell message on his Twitter handle.
The statement read: “So much to say, but we’ll keep it professional. I’d like to start by thanking everyone associated with Oxford United FC including the staff, players and the fans during my time at the club. (more…)
Wigan Athletic who has just been relegated from the Championship are still on the look for a new manager.
Wigan Athletic has been relegated after a poor campaign that has seen them changed manager three times during the course of the season.
Jonathan Jackson said that this is not the end of the world for them as they have already been relegated in the past and they know how to manage this situation. He said that they have already started planning for life in League One and that he is sure that they will be able to get promotion back to the Championship.
The chief executive said that he has a shortlist of potential candidates for the job and that they will make a final decision at the end of May or early June. He said that the club already knows what kind of manager they will need for the job and that they will be looking for someone that can help manage the club on the long term. (more…)
Wigan Athletic got a late winner that earned them all three points in the game against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Championship.
The loss was devastating for Wolves as they hoped to end their poor run. They have now lost three straight games in the Championship. They place 18th on the current standings.
Ahead of the clash, the stats were against them but they could have managed to keep it in their favour. According to records, Wolves have won just one of five games against Wigan at Molineux. They enjoyed more possession but could not convert their chances in front of goal.
Paul Lambert side could only threaten their visitors as they lacked that final finish that could have made all the difference. Bright Enobakhare made an attempt but it did not convert. They were punished late in the game from a set piece.
“I’m like everyone else, disappointed and angry with the way that we performed. We never did enough, that’s for sure; it wasn’t good enough. We were too passive, we never dominated the ball and were not aggressive enough with or without the ball,” Lambert said after the loss. (more…)
Wigan Athletic are set to face off with Norwich City in the English championship on Tuesday, February 7, 2017.
While a number of players are going to miss the game due to various injuries, several other options are available for selection. Alex Gilbey is yet to recover from ankle injury, Reece James is also out die to ankle problem. Nick Powell and Donervon Daniels have hamstring and knee issues respectively so they are also ruled out.
Deadline transfer signings Mikael Mandron, Jack Byrne, Josh Laurent, Alex Bruce and Matt Gilks are expected to make their debut. Gabriel Obertan might also get called unto action. (more…)