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Wigan Athletic fans voice their opinion following another defeat ‘it’s time for a change’

Wigan Athletic fans took to Twitter last night to vent yet more anger towards manager Paul Cook following another defeat away from home.

Wigan again lost away from home, taking their winless streak to 5 games in the Championship. They now hover one point above the bottom three. Stoke gained crucial ground on them, with back to back victories in Michael O’Neill’s first 2 games in charge.

Despite being backed in the transfer market in the summer, while bringing in big names like Jamal Lowe and Keiffer Moore. Cook, along with the Latics fans would surely have wanted to build on their end of season form, that seen them steer clear of relegation.

One loss in their last nine games should have been somewhat of a springboard into this season. Especially with the strengthening of the squad in the summer transfer window.

However, four wins out of their 17 games so far this season see Wigan loitering in 20th position. Crucial games against Reading and Luton coming up in the next two weeks could define not only Wigan’s season but Cook’s future.

Many Wigan fans believe the time is now to change…

Wigan Athletic boss hopes returning stars can lift the team ahead of Stoke City

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook

Wigan Athletic travel to Stoke City in the hope of ending a horrendous away record of 1 win in league 29 games in the Championship.

Wigan (20th) sit above Stoke (23rd) in the Championship by 4 points. Both have had miserable starts to the season and will be hoping this game is the kickstart to climbing up the table.

However, Wigan’s away record is abysmal. Although, with returning stars like Keiffer Moore and David Marshall coming back after successful international breaks, Paul Cook will be hoping that it can lift the squad…

“Kieffer had two exceptionally good games; it was fantastic for Wales to qualify,” Cook continued. “David played and Scotland are on the back of a good run of three wins to finish their campaign.

“Everyone has come back well; it makes it difficult that Kieffer only comes back yesterday but that’s just part of football.

“I think it is great for Wales and the home nations that there is the chance to qualify; Scotland have a play-off coming up, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland have a chance too.

“It is great for us that our players are qualifying and getting to play in these big tournaments, which only enhances football in the UK.”

Quoted from WiganAthletic.com

Wigan Athletic feeling refreshed?

After a two week break from the competitiveness of the Championship. Cook would surely be hoping the rest will have a positive effect on the players, as they look to end a run of 4 league games without a win.

Stoke, on the other hand, fired 4 past Barnsley in O’Neill’s opening game. The Potters fans will surely be hoping for that infamous new manager bounce, to climb out of the bottom three and surge up the table.

Paul Cook ended his Wigan press conference with

“For our lads, though, it is about us going down there and making sure we have done everything we can by 5pm to have won the game.”

Quoted from WiganAthletic.com

With Wigan Athletic not losing to Stoke City since 2009 in the Premier League, 10 games in total. The omens are good for a Wigan win.

Wigan Athletic hope these 2 key fixtures will turn form around

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook

Wigan Athletic fans are getting increasingly frustrated with their team’s performances. Their away form is poor and the results aren’t going their way.

The Latics are currently 20th in the Championship. they sit on 15 points. However, teams below them are catching up.

Luton Town is on 14 points, Middlesbrough is just below on 13, Stoke City are on 11 points and Barnsley is at the bottom on 9 points.

Some fans are getting fed up of manager, Paul Cook. They think it’s his time to go. However, the Wigan team need to focus on each game.

Another criticism that the squad have received, is the fact that they don’t play a full 90 minutes. It’s like the team switch off too early and concede late on.

Wigan also had a poor game at the weekend. They lost 3-0 to Brentford at home and even went 1-0 down after 5 minutes. Cedric Kipre got sent off too.

In a bid to turn these performances around, there are a couple of fixtures that Wigan could take advantage of…

Stoke City away

Next Saturday, Wigan will face Stoke away. Don’t get me wrong, I am aware of Wigan’s poor away form.

I am also aware that Stoke won their last game against Barnsley, 4-2. This means they could be feeling confident ahead of their clash with Wigan.

However, Stoke City is below Wigan in the league and the Latics should take full advantage of that. If they can go ahead early, they should stand a chance of taking all three points.

Wigan Athletic away at Luton Town

On the 7th of December, Wigan will travel to Luton. Even though this is another away clash, like many fans, I hope they will be able to take advantage of the fact Luton are currently below them in the Championship.

Luton’s last win was on the 19th of October against Bristol City. Wigan needs to take advantage of that fact and try to take all 3 points.

If they don’t manage to take the maximum points from at least one of these games, I think fans will make it clear that it is time for Cook to go.

2 Managers that could replace Paul Cook at Wigan Athletic

This weekend saw Wigan lose 3-0 to Brentford. Fans are now getting increasingly frustrated with Paul Cook and their team’s performances.

While most fans are wanting to see change, most still actually like Cook. He’s done a lot for Wigan over the years and fans won’t disregard that.

However, the excuses he keeps making for the losses and poor performances are really getting to fans.

One week he will blame the Championship itself and say the league is too hard. Another he may blame the players.

If he is to be replaced soon, the question right now is who will replace him? There are a few options like Sam Allardyce that would be sensible, but as a Bolton fan, I’d hate to see that.

Here’s two who would be great options…

Chris Hughton

The 60-year-old certainly has experience when it comes to management. He has had many successful jobs at Tottenham, Newcastle, Brighton and Birmingham to name a few.

He has played and managed at different levels. Furthermore, Hughton has 2 Championship promotions, a play-off place and stabilizing Norwich City and Brighton in the Premier League.

David Moyes

Possibly most remembered for his time at Everton, Moyes could be a perfect replacement. Experience at Preston, Sunderland, Man United and West Ham could also help.

He has been out of a job since he left West Ham last year. Could Wigan be his next task? It certainly wouldn’t be a bad move in his career as he seems to thrive in tough situations.

How is Man City’s Jack Harrison getting on at Leeds?

Jack Harrison is currently on loan from Man City to Leeds. He is impressing Leeds fans. It looks like he’s proving to the Etihad what they are missing.

The 22 year old left winger can also operate the right hand side of the pitch. He has also had previous loan spells at Middlesbrough.

Now he has joined Leeds and is trying his best to make an impression. He will be at Elland Road until the end of the season.

Harrison is a former England Under 21 international. After not being favoured at Man City, he chose to join Leeds.

This has worked wonders for him so far. He will be looking to improve with the more game time he gets.

Current form

According to Transfermarkt, Harrison has played 15 games so far this season.

In that time, he has scored 2 goals and made 4 assists. He also hasn’t picked up any yellow or red cards. It looks like the Championship is his place to shine.

Leeds

Om Saturday, Leeds played QPR. They won 2-0. One of those goals was scored by Harrison himself.

In fact, he played the majority of the game. He was only substituted in the 83rd minute which was clearly tactical.

2 danger signs for Wigan Atheltic as they lose against Swansea

Wigan played Swansea at home this weekend. Unfortunately, they lost 2-1. Fans are getting frustrated.

Swansea are 3rd in the Championship so this weekend was always going to be a tough clash for a 20th placed Wigan.

However, the Latics have divided fans with their performance. Some think Wigan deserved more from the game.

Others are completely blaming Paul Cook. Wigan went 1-0 down after 12 minutes. They only equalised after they got a penalty.

Swansea scored a 92nd minute winner which rattled Wigan fans even more. With that in mind, here’s two warning signs for the Latics…

Last minute

This isn’t the first time that Wigan have conceded a goal late on. It has actually happened a few times in recent weeks.

Fans are understandably getting annoyed at this. The team need to stay switched on until the last minute. Not until the 85th.

Paul Cook

No one can deny what Paul Cook has done for Wigan in the past. However, most fans are fed up.

His post match interviews are full of excuses rather than picking up on the frustration. He is also making substitutes too late that are changing the style of play in the wrong ways.

Wigan Athletic needs these two players to step up if they are avoid defeat against Swansea

Wigan are desperate for their first away win of the season. However, they have a bigger challenge this weekend as they face Swansea at home.

Fans are getting frustrated with Paul Cook and his team. While there are a few players giving their all every week, there are some who aren’t.

They have failed to get an away win too. Their home form is a lot better.

In their last game at the DW Stadium, they won 1-0 against Nottingham Forest. They then travelled to Derby and lost 1-0.

Last week, they faced Bristol away. It looked like they were about to win 2-1 until a late equaliser meant they only took a point.

Here’s two players who need to step up this week. However, it will be a hard game as Swansea are currently 4th in the Championship…

Gavin Massey

Fans were angry at the 27 year old against Bristol. He failed to make critical passes that cost Wigan the game.

The winger was subsequently taken off the pitch and subbed for Michael Jacobs in the secind half. Massey needs to stop being so greedy.

Joe Williams

The 22 year old was subbed in the second half against Bristol as well.

Kal Naismith replaced the central midfielder. However, Williams will need to improve if he wants to stay in the starting line up.

‘Thanks to Massey playing for the name on his back and not the badge on the front.’ Wigan fans react to their draw

Wigan Athletic travelled to Bristol City this weekend. They nearly grabbed the first away win of the season but unfortunately were subject to a late equaliser.

Chey Dunkley was Wigan’s goal hero. For the majority of the game, it looked like Wigan would get the first away win of the season.

However, Paul Cook’s side ended up drawing with Bristol City. The game finished 2-2 after an 86th minute equaliser.

The fact that Wigan managed to score two goals and take the lead is an improvement on their away form.

However, this is still disappointing for fans and the players. Here’s your Twitter reactions…

Twitter reactions

’This hurt me more than any other previous result.’ Wigan Athletic fan react to their loss against Derby County

Wigan played Derby last night in hope to get an away win. The Football Manc Cave look at your reactions.

Paul Cook’s side have had a terrible away form so far this season. Fans have been disappointed with performances and are sick of excuses.

However, last night, they travelled to Derby. It looked as though things had made an improvement for a while.

The Latics managed to get to 90 minutes and it was still 0-0. Unfortunately, in the 92nd minute, Graeme Shinnie made it 1-0 to Derby and Wigan failed to take any points from the game.

Here’s your reactions…

Twitter reactions:

17y/o Wigan Athletic star looking to make the big step up following his international break

A 17-year-old Wigan striker, Joe Gelhardt could be the next big thing. LetsHangOn.com rate him very highly and say that if he’s good enough, he’s old enough.

The Latics teenager has impressed while playing for England Under 18’s. He’s scored 3 goals in 6 games.

They now rumour that top Premier League scouts are monitoring him. With interest from Liverpool and Everton, the youngster may have some options.

However, Wigan fans will want their man to deliver for them first before he moves on.

Wigan

The youngster’s current contract at the DW Stadium expires in 2021. He’s previously scored for the Latics in a 2-2 draw against Hull. Now he could get more chances to shine.

He’s proven that he can work well with other Wigan players like Jamal Lowe. If Gelhardt was to break into the first team, he would fit in nicely next to Kieffer Moore.

Future

So far, the youngster has only made appearances after coming on as a sub. However, now that he’s proven his talent, Paul Cook could give him a chance.

The 17-year-old has already been compared to Michael Owen. Wigan should definitely make use of their man while they still have him. The more game time they give him now, the higher his value will rise.

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