Wigan Athletic Relegated To League One
Wigan Athletic will kick off next season in the third tier of English football having been relegated last night after Rotherham's 2-1 win over Reading. The same result also confirmed Millwall's relegation, however the relegation comes as no surprise to many Latics fans following Saturday's 1-0 loss to Wolves. That result meant Wigan needed Reading to beat Rotherham and for them to lose at the weekend, ensure they win against Brentford and hope Millwall didn't win too.
In fact Wigan would have been relegated to League One if it wasn't for Rotherham's three point deduction for fielding an illegible player. New manager Gary Caldwell has overseen four games since taking over the reigns from Malky MacKay and has continually drilled in the 'believe' message we've seen over the years at the club. That is what he is planning to do as he looks to help the clubs troubles and help them rise back to 'the promised land.'
Caldwell has very much got the backing of chairman David Sharpe, who took over from his grandfather Dave Whelan last month as he has given the Scot a contract extension till the end of next season, where he hopes to get the club back into the Championship at the first time of asking. "All we want is promotion at the first time of asking, it's very much in our aims to build on that and then you never know, the sky is the limit," says Sharpe.
It's a strange scene for the Latics fans, back in 2013 they had won the FA Cup and on top of the world it seemed, though a week later they were relegated into the Championship. Last season they narrowly lost in the playoff semi finals to Queen's Park Rangers who later earned promotion by beating Derby. Though this season has been a season to forget, first Uwe Rosler tried to continue where he left off, only to leave the club languishing in mid-table, Malky MacKay then came in to fail, leaving the club in danger of relegation and finally in came Caldwell in a last ditch attempt to try and save failed.
Wigan have now released a number of players Marc-Antoine Fortune, Ali Al Habsi, Jermaine Pennant, Emmerson Boyce, Gaetan Bong and Lee Nicholls contracts are all set to expire, though Caldwell is interested in trying to renew Nicholls contract calling him "one for the future." Wigan are indeed favourites to regain promotion to the Championship, followed by play-off losers Swindon Town and Sheffield United.