A panic decision and James could be key!

Conor Healy Photography
Conor Healy Photography

WIGAN Athletic owner, Dave Whelan, has a reputatuion of being an “old style” boss, as he remains totally loyal to the manager he has appointed.

Indeed, his unswerving loyalty to the then “Latics” boss, Roberto Martinez, who seemed to be constantly battling against relegation, earned Whelan quite a few deserving comments.

That said, the Spaniard led Wigan to victory in the F.A. Cup and continued to keep them in the top tier of football for several years.

But even then, it came as a bolt out of the blue and a major shock when Whelan opted to sack Owen Coyle after just six months in the Wigan hotseat.

Whelan openly stated that “strange team selections” and “a lack of fight” left him with no option.

In fact, after the shock defeat by Derby County, the Wigan manager actually asked Whelan if he wanted him to resign from the post and the blunt was “yes!”

Much as I respect the Wigan owner, I think there was clearly an element of panic associated with that decision to end Coyle’s tenure so prematurely.

I’m not suggesting that Owen Coyle was doing a fantastic job at the D.W. Stadium, but I do believe he should have been given more time and I’m struggling to see where the chairman is coming from.

When a club has tasted life in the Premiership, it must be hard to take when dropping down into the grind of Championship football, especially when your club has got off to a poor start and is off the pace set by the leaders, even though there is quite a bit of the season to go.

Personally, I actually like the style of football that Wigan Athletic play and I would love to see the club and, of course, our own James McClean, return to the top flight of British football no matter who the manager is, but I also believe that time and patience is the key but, for the moment, those aspects of the game appear to be in short supply.

Defeated 2-1 by Millwall last weekend at the New Den, their fourth successive league defeat, Wigan are now languishing in 14th place in The Championship with so much hard work ahead.

And with new boss and former Manchester City striker, Uwe Rosler, now holding the managerial reins after watching his side from the stands last weekend, the future does not look bright.

Interestingly the only positive aspects from last weekend’s defeat was the impressive performance by McClean who contstantly peppered the Millwall goal with shots which were well defended by the Creggan man’s former team-mate, David Forde in the Lions’ net.

Therefore, if Wigan are to rise from their current lowly position, McClean is expected to be coached on the art of scoring goals by his new boss who built his reputation as a high profile hitman at Maine Road.

Obviously I wish James and Wigan every success.