Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Friday August 20 2010
Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has asked the clubs supporters to get behind both the team and the manager ahead of Saturdays clash against Chelsea.
The Latics made the worst possible start to the season last weekend when newly promoted Blackpool put 4 goals past Chris Kirkland and left the home fans at the DW Stadium in a state of shock as they had hoped for a positive start to the campaign.
Once again a section of supporters at the club have started to turn on manager Roberto Martinez and have been calling for his head to roll for most of the past week, but is that the answer?
It is obvious that certain supporters and indeed certain members of the local press have had the knives out for Martinez since he arrived at the club and they actual seem to revel in the big defeats and poor performances that have occurred over the past twelve months, what their reasons or motives are I have no idea.
It is fair to say though that the Latics were truly shocking last week, they appeared to be caught cold by a Blackpool side that were full of vigour, direct and certainly got amongst the play to unsettle the Wigan players on the ball, but it was the first game of the season and these things have a habit of happening.
Last year we went to Villa Park on the opening day and played Aston Villa off the pitch to get a fantastic start to the season, Everton were absolutely dreadful as they fell 6-1 to Arsenal at Goodison Park, so it isn`t unheard of for a shock result coupled with a poor performance.
Now Latics owner Dave Whelan is asking for the supporters to get behind the boss and help the Latics bounce back, Whelan said: "Calling for the manager to be sacked doesn`t really help anybody"
"We are in this together. I`m hoping we can bounce back but the Blackpool defeat didn`t really surprise me."
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Date:Friday August 20 2010
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