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…)
Posted on January 28, 2017
The FA cup clash between Wigan and Nottingham Forest was a classic that had looked unlikely, having both sides in despondent forms.
Wigan – currently in the relegation zone in 23rd place – have equally had a disappointing run the past few weeks, but this time around they became superior to a Forest, who sit three place above them in the division.
The Latics had lost Nick Powell from an early injury, but recovered quickly enough. Although, they it would have been better if they Micheal Jacobs and Jordi Gomez had done better with the few chances they had.
Just before the end of the first half, Will Grigg poked in Stephen Warnocks cross, and put the Wigan on the lead. After the break, Yanic Wildshut shot in a low finish as Warnock provided a cut through to him.
Forest had lost a penalty that given after Lica had been fouled in the area. Eric Lichaj’s late penalty was saved by Jakob Hugaard.
Wigan’s boss, Warren Joyce was happy with the performance of his team as he thought his side deserved the win. He had this to say: “I would have been very disappointed had we let them back in – and it was sloppy play that resulted in the penalty.”
Philippe Montainer, Nottingham’s Manager expressed his dissatisfaction with his team’s style of play. He said:
“It was a poor game. We were bad in every area both with and without the ball, and we cannot keep accepting this situation.
“We are on a terrible run and confidence is really low but that should not be an excuse. We need to show more when we’ve got the ball and do more when we haven’t.”
Posted on December 12, 2016
From 2008 until 2016 Warren Joyce used to coach the Under-21 and Under-23 squads of Manchester United but his time in Old Trafford reached it’s end a few days ago as the 51 year old tactician recently decided to take charge of the English Championship League club Wigan Athletic as he penned a 3 and a half year long contract.
This was the statement that Warren Joyce said after having joined Wigan Athletic as the new coach but rumors are now pointing at other members of Manchester United thinking or being at the verge of joining the backroom staff of Wigan Athletic, one of the more renowned players that has been linked with the Championship League club is Paul Scholes.
Paul Scholes is currently being linked with 2 different clubs as he has emerged as a candidate to take over the Under 23’s side of Manchester United but at the same time Scholes is also rumored to be on the verge of accepting this same job but with Wigan Athletic instead of Manchester United.
Scholes is one of the most praised midfielders in the world of football with a very impressive playing career which has seen him winning major trophies including the Premier League on 11 ocassions and the UEFA Champions twice, these are just a few of the more renowned titles that Scholes has secured.
Despite having a very successful playing career, Paul Scholes doesn’t actually have a UEFA Pro License as the Englishman doesn’t really have any coaching career and this might be the start of his coaching life.
Posted on November 6, 2016
Wigan Athletic defeated Wolverhampton 2-1in the English Championship.
The victory ensures Wigan moves from the bottom of the table as a late Will Grigg’s goal gave them full points.
Wigan started the game on a good note. Former Wolves striker Adam le Fondre scored the game’s first in the 5th minute. Max Power sent a close range cross which he converted. The visitors equalized in the 34th minute through Prince Oniangue. Oniangue sent a low finish from 18 yards, but the visitors couldn’t get a share of the point. Grigg’s goal ensured the host won the match 2-1.
Wigan’s last win was on August 13th. The victory over Wolves is the first in nine league matches, and it raises the team to the 21st position in the standings. On the other hand, Wolves went into the game with back-to-back wins against Newcastle and Brentford. At the DW stadium, their attack left much to be desired.
For Le Fondre, the night would not be forgotten in a hurry as he became the third ex-Wolves player to score against his former club in the Championship this season. He got the goal from six yards out. Wolves could have buried the game after their equalizer after Congo captain Oniangue scored.
After the recess, Danny Batth almost got a winner but his effort was stopped in time. The Lactics would savour their second victory this campaign. Wigan enjoyed more ball possession, but couldn’t get more shots into the box.
Wolves had ten shots, but only four were on target.
In other games played in the Championship, Burton played a 1-1 draw with QPR, and the Barnsley-Aston Villa affair ended the same way. Brentford thrashed Reading 4-0, while Sheff Wed defeated Blackburn 1-0. Birmingham and Preston played a 2-2 draw, but Bristol defeated Leeds 1-0. Huddersfield tops the standing with 22 points.
Posted on October 16, 2016
The early stages of the 2016-17 season of the English League Championship of Wigan Athletic has been a forgettable one as they have lost 5 matches, drawn 1 and only won 1 game out of their initial 7 games of the season.
These consistent defeats has left Wigan Athletic on the bottom spots of the English League Championship as they are located at the 23rd spot after only being able to collect 4 points from the possible 21.
Gary Caldwell is the head coach of Wigan Athletic and the 34 year old Scottish manager tried to pump his squad up with a positive vibe as he said: “We’ll be going to Norwich to win. We always set up that way, regardless of what kind of run we’re on. As a player you have to adopt a mentality of putting defeats to the back of your mind and try to perform and win the game. It will be a tough challenge, but I believe this group of players can go there and perform.”
That is the statement which was released by Caldwell before his squad had faced off with Norwich City and ultimately lost 1-2 on September 13.
Not only is Wigan Athletic suffering consistent defeats but the team of Gary Caldwell has also seen one of their more influential players as the summer signing Nick Powell was unable to play against Norwich City due to a groin problem that the 22 year old midfielder has recently been suffering from.
It still remains uncertain as to how long Nick Powell will be on the sidelines but having such a key player out of action for a club that has been struggling so much to snatch a convincing victory is a huge blow for Wigan Athletic and this could lead to even more defeats which is not what the recently promoted club wanted to go through.
Posted on September 7, 2016
Wigan Athletic have backed out from signing Hearts right back Callum Paterson.
The Sky Bet Championship club were attracted to the 21-year old rising star, joining other clubs keen on adding the player to their squad this summer. Championship side Newcastle were one of the top sides linked to Paterson all summer but they didn’t get him.
Scottish News outlet Daily Record reports that Wigan will not make an improved bid this summer to sign Paterson. Wigan had submitted a bid of £600,000 for the London-born defender but the Scottish club rejected the offer. The Lactics were supposed to improve on the offer but reports say they have opted out from the deal, meaning Paterson would likely remain with Hearts as the transfer window rushes for a close.
Former Celtic and Hibs defender Gary Caldwell who is the current manager of Wigan really wanted to lure Paterson back to the south of the border. Hearts would have been preparing for another approach but Wigan would have to let go. Record Sport say the major reason for the pull out is because Wigan know the capital club is holding out to get the most from the deal, and the Championship side were not prepared to drop as much as the fee could run into a million. Wigan are aware the deal with Paterson has entered its last year, with talks for a new deal stalled. Also, Robbie Neilson revealed that Paterson was an integral member of his squad, so he would not be sold cheap or for the sake of it.
Paterson has 145 games in all competitions for the Jambos in his belt. The Scottish side is looking at making a real chase at the title this season. Former Hearts forward Scott Crabbe opines that the new look of the team is enough to threaten any side in the Scottish Premier ship.
Posted on August 14, 2016
There is news that Wigan Athletic might consider making a move for their former player Jordi Gomez.
The latter currently plays for Sunderland and may consider leaving the Premier League side during the summer. Indeed, he has been informed by the manager Sam Allardyce that he does not form part of his plan for next season and that he will be better off looking for another club.
Jordi Gomez was a favorite player among the Wigan’s fans, and he will certainly bring some additional quality to a midfield that appeared quite dull in some games. Gomez was supposed to join Wigan Athletic last January, but instead, he chose to play the remaining part of the season with Blackburn Rovers.
With Wigan Athletic having won the promotion to the Championship, the board will be keen to strengthen the team so as to be able to compete. It is believed that the Wigan coach will be given a substantial amount of money in order to bring players that will be able to bring the club upwards. Signing a player such as Jordi Gomez will definitely help to strengthen the team not only in terms of ability but also in terms of experience.
It is also believed that Wigan Athletic might also make a bid for Barnsley player ConorHourihane. The 25-year old player was instrumental in Barnsley’s successful season, and it is reported that there are many clubs that are interested in the player. Wigan is reported to have made inquiries about the player as they attempt to build a side that can mount a serious promotion push.
With a midfield consisting of Jordi Gomez and ConorHourihane, Gary Caldwell will have one of the best midfield of the Championship, and this may help them compete for a play-off place.