Vital Football

Latest Wigan Atletic News

Manager and Coaching Staff.

Manager and Coaching Staff.

Shaun Farrell continues his series of articles looking back at the 2009/10 season, over to you Faz:

Never has a manager spilt support like our Bobby has done at Wigan Athletic this season. But the question is was the hatred, cat calls and banners (yes we all saw it at the Liverpool game although it soon disappeared) deserved?

In my opinion the biggest problem that Bobby has hit since he returned to the club is the fact that many people don`t remember when he sat in our midfield pulling the strings of the crowd and doing his all to become a club legend. It`s not only the younger fans that haven`t had the chance to see him but also the bandwagon jumpers that have joined us in the premiership years and it`s from these that we have heard the biggest outcry. These are the type of people that don`t look at football in general and can`t see outside the fabulous game that Sky invented circa 1990 (that`s sarcasm by the way).

Roberto did what every manager should be made to do, he served his apprentice in the lower leagues and did it with great success taking Swansea to the Championship and making them real contenders to come up. He did this by building a strong footballing side that played great attractive football and made stars out of players. All of this on a small limited budget, sounds perfect doesn`t it, but from day one people complained, "he wasn`t a big enough name", "we should of gone for someone established", "if we are going lower league why not Darren Ferguson" but we forget that he turned down Celtic and the assistant managers job at Utd to come back home!

I don`t know what some of these fans expect but we are Little Wigan and every year our first priority will be to stay up and he`s done that with 2 games to spare.

Don`t get me wrong I`m not criticising every fan that called for his head as later in the season I had my own questions about whether he was up to the job. I also called for us to bring in someone like Matt Jackson or Arry as a bigger name in the backroom for the players and as a defensive coach.

I`m also big enough (shut it Phil) to admit I made a mistake and should of thought about it properly. For instance how long before the crowd would be calling for Jacko or Arry to take over?

All in all Bobby has done what he was asked to do and done it by bringing in some players that have the potential to take his place as legends in the fans eyes. He`s also brought in a few players that haven`t quite cut it but there`s always next year or we can sell them on. Next year I`ve every confidence we will be stronger and Bobby can continue to stamp his style on the team.

I do have to say though that what concerns me with the gaffer is that before he took over we heard about his revolutionary methods such as training at the time of matches so the players are ready, or using exercise bikes for the subs to keep them warmed up. We haven`t seen many of these brought in for various reasons yet if the chairman is backing him these should be things put in place to help aid the team and I still stand by that Circulation boosters and tens machines could help players (give the gaffer my number Barry I will talk him into it).

Behind Bobby this year he brought in his own team including another Wigan Legend and probably one of my favourite players Graham Jones.

For those of you that didn`t get the chance to see Jonesey in action he was everything we need in a striker right now. He had a natural goal scoring ability and took no nonsense from anyone, as such I`m pretty sure he is the disciplinarian of the two. This year we haven`t heard much from him and he hasn`t seemed to do much apart from stand and chat with the gaffer on the sidelines whilst getting the subs and tactics prepared but I`m sure that he is the hardest number 2 in the prem and if it comes to it he would be in front of Roberto in any battle.

It`s also a surprise to hear players like young James Mc stating that Jonesey is the reason he came to the club so who knows when Roberto goes to replace Pep at Barca we may have the next manager already in place.

I`ve already spoke about Bergara in the players section but I think us the fans need to know just who he is. He was a top goalkeeper in La Liga for Real Sociedad amongst other teams and went on to be a great Gk coach in La Liga. He was considered something of a coup when Bobby brought him to Swansea and if you look how Nicholls has progressed he is obviously good at his job. The only thing is we can see that Kirky has taken a backwards step and if it`s not his injuries it`s the fact that his training regime doesn`t work for him so maybe they should take a closer look at that.

The Ram is another former player and manager of the club that has been brought into the club. To be honest I don`t know what his role is but he seems to have taken control of the youth team. This is an area were we haven`t produced for numerous years. In fact we`ve had players that looked like good prospects disappear and fall into non league or lower league football including little Craig Mahon, Russell Saunders and Lewis Montrose. In fact since Leighton Baines we haven`t had a player come through the youth ranks.

I will speak about youth players in more detail in another article but it does concern me that we haven`t had anyone knocking on the door. Saying that though the youth team has had some great results towards the end of the season. Graham Barrow has to take the credit for this along with the other staff and he seems to have 2 or 3 players on the fringes of the first team squad something that none of our previous youth managers have managed.

The rest of our coaching staff have done what they were asked to do although I would still like to see us bring in a Defensive coach if only to make sure that we aren`t shipping goals like this season.

It`s been a long hard season but I`ve got 100% confidence in Roberto Martinez and as such his backroom team, so much so that I feel by keeping hold of the manager we have a real chance of taking the club to the next level like Roy Hodgson at Fulham.

by Fazman

Faz`s other articles:

The Players

Seasonal Expectations and Targets

Transfers In and Out

Vote for Vital Wigan Player of the Season

To vote just click here then enter the player of your choice and your name or username, also place Player of the Season 2009/10 in the email subject or email at your leisure

Bookmark and Share

You can listen to the Latics Speyk podcasts now by clicking on the player here:

[br]Powered by

Latics Speyk Car Stickers Have Arrived

Vital Wigan are pleased to announce that the Latics Speyk car stickers have arrived anyone who wants one follow the instructions in this link

Latics and Proud

Fancy writing an article about the Latics? Why not get in touch, we are always looking for new contributors, after all we are all Latics fans here and want to get the Latics message to the world, so if you have a favourite match or Latics memory get it jotted down, or whatever you want to say put it into an email and send it to us here at Vital Wigan

To get your article published just click here and we will put it onto the site

Vital Latics - Bringing you the Latics Speyk car stickers and the podcasts

It's easy to join us at Vital Latics to register , simply click the link and enjoy getting involved

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Friday April 30 2010
Time: 7:09PM


Nice read Faz
30/04/2010 20:51:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Best of Vital Network

Recent Wigan Athletic Articles

Whose Your Clubs' Lucky Scoring Omen?

Some clubs in the Premier League just seem to have a player with lady luck on their side and when they score in a game, that match always returns at least a point.

12th Man - Stability Brings Success

Despite a two goal reversal I left the DW Stadium on Saturday feeling a bit more positive than usual and a lot more entertained.

The Tea Lady - It's Time To Go - Wigan Athletic

Since she came in we've suffered 12 relegations and wasted £800m parachute payments on dross. I've met her once and she's very nice but we can't be sentimental about these decisions.

PWU Latics Podcast - Villa And FAB Report

This week we take a look back at the Villa game, life without Joyce feels so much brighter

Archived Vital Latics Articles

Vital Latics articles from

Site Journalists

Barry Worthington
Editor email
Dan Farrimond (JWAW)
no email
Adam Convery
no email
Frank Ford
no email
Noel Wards Leg
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Big Game Winners?
Suggested By: Warren Joyce
Aston Villa46%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 38 24 6 8 78 38
2 Brighton 38 23 8 7 77 30
3 Huddersfield 37 22 5 10 71 4
4 Leeds Utd 38 21 6 11 69 16
5 Reading 38 20 7 11 67 2
6 Sheff Wed 38 18 8 12 62 9
7 Fulham 38 16 13 9 61 19
8 Norwich 38 16 9 13 57 9
9 Preston 38 15 12 11 57 6
10 Derby County 38 14 11 13 53 3
11 Barnsley 38 14 9 15 51 0
12 Aston Villa 38 13 12 13 51 0
13 Cardiff 38 14 9 15 51 -1
14 Brentford 38 14 8 16 50 3
15 Q.P.R. 38 14 8 16 50 -5
16 Wolves 37 12 9 16 45 -2
17 Ipswich 38 10 15 13 45 -9
18 Birmingham 38 11 12 15 45 -16
19 Bristol City 38 11 8 19 41 -3
20 Forest 38 11 8 19 41 -11
21 Burton 38 10 11 17 41 -14
22 Blackburn 38 9 13 16 40 -11
23 Wigan 38 8 10 20 34 -13
24 Rotherham 38 4 5 29 17 -54
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Wigan Athletic Results (view all)

Wigan Athletic Fixtures (view all)

Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Newcastle United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 4 2017 7:45PM : Ipswich Town (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 8 2017 3:00PM : Rotherham United (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 13 2017 7:45PM : Barnsley (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 17 2017 3:00PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 22 2017 3:00PM : Cardiff City (H)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

1.Get a Grip!307
9.Barry W133
Vital Football Comment