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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 Wigan Athletic’s Callum Lang getting on at Shrewsbury?

Wigan fans were gutted earlier this season when Callum Lang went on loan to Shrewsbury. The Football Manc Cave takes a look at how he’s getting on.

Callum Lang has slowly become a fan favourite at Wigan. However, earlier the season, some were quite vocal on how they felt about him going out on loan.

The 21 year old went and joined Shrewsbury on loan to gain some more playing experience.

Some fans couldn’t understand why he was being allowed to leave as Wigan have been struggling themeselves.

Others understood that this would benefit Lang’s career. However, the striker is struggling to get appearances.

Current form

The striker has played 5 games so far and scored once in his time at the new club. He has also received 0 yellow or red cards.

Lang has previously been at the likes of Morecambe and Oldham on loan spells. He will now be looking to be better than ever during this loan spell.

Deserves more

Shrewsbury are currently 11th in League One. Lang is a player who will want to help this team build.

He is a product of Wigan’s youth and has worked his way up. Now he deserves more of a shot at Shrewsbury.

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.

Newcastle United making a smart move by grabbing former Wigan Athletic man on loan

The Sun have reported that Steve Bruce is plotting an ambitious move. He wants to take Chelsea star, Reece James to Newcastle on loan.

It looks like Steve Bruce will be making a call to see if James is available for half a season at Newcastle.

Newcastle have struggled to fill the right back position this season. Players like Javier Manquillo, Emil Krafth and DeAndre Yedlin have all tried to fill that position so far this season.

However, Steve Bruce thinks that James will be a great addition to his side.

The 19 year old spent last season on loan with Wigan Athletic. He impressed that much that he ended up with the Captain’s arm band.

Chelsea

Reece James forced his way into Frank Lampard’s squad.

Unfortunately he will only get to play a few games because of Cesar Azpilicueta’s current form.

Steve Bruce

Bruce will be looking to benefit from this as he can offer the teenager weekly football.

This is a sensible and tactical plan from the Newcastle manager. It looks like Steve Bruce could try to pitch his plan to the teenager before the transfer window opens in January.

‘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…

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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.

Give them minutes: Wigan Athletic simply must give these 2 outcasts a chance to shine

Wigan Athletic has won twice in the last five matches with them currently sitting in 19th, 3 points above the bottom 3. The Latics host Nottingham Forest on Sunday at 2pm.

The Latics lost yet another away match at Sheffield Wednesday before the international break. Paul Cook is a man under pressure, however, getting something against 2nd in the Championship could ease it slightly.

After Forest, Latics have an important away game against struggling Derby County. A match they will be looking to finally get the away victory monkey off their back.

Let’s look at a couple of players that might feature more regularly in the coming weeks…

Lewis Macleod

He impressed with his ability on the ball in the opening couple of matches that he started. Joe Williams has since taken his position, and been outstanding.

In Wigan’s home games, many fans would like to them dominate the ball more, sustain attacks and really push the opposition back. Macleod is a player that keeps the game ticking, he might not play the most decisive passes all the time, but what he does is effective.

Keep feeding the ball to Lowe and Jacobs, your creative players and let them do the rest.

Cedric Kipre

Although Charlie Mulgrew and Dunkley have been good the last couple of games, starting to build a partnership and will likely start together again.

It wouldn’t be a surprise if Kipre was introduced at some point, to try and stop the threat of Forest. Especially if Wigan takes the lead and are under pressure, Kipre is very good at defending balls into the box.

Leeds Utd looking to ex-Wigan Athletic loanee to secure promotion, 3 things he will bring

According to Football Insider, Leeds Utd are eyeing up one of Chelsea’s rising stars. 19-year-old Reece James is the man they want to help them with their promotion campaign.

Leeds are currently 5th in the Championship. They’re hoping they can secure promotion this season. However, there’s still a long way to go.

January will offer them the chance to bring someone new in. Reece James is apparently the man they’re after

Although he is currently a rising star in the Premier League, fans of the Championship will also recognise him. He had a loan spell with Wigan last season and made a huge impact.

In his time with the Latics, he was voted a fan and player favourite for the year. He also earned himself a spot in the Championship team of the year. But what will he offer Leeds if a deal was to go ahead?

Versatility

Known as a right-back, the teenager can also operate the right-wing. He’s also not a stranger to being used as a centre back or being put in central midfield.

This is something that is vital to a team pushing for promotion. James would offer them options in time of need.

If there was an injury or things weren’t working at all, he’s a player that can be moved around the field. However, Chelsea is also using that to their advantage. Negotiations would have to be made to get him to move.

Strengths

WhoScored.com have a long list of characteristics that compliment him.

Crossing as direct free kicks are listed as very strong attributes. Passes, long shots, dribbling and taking set pieces are also strong qualities.

These are all things that make him a great footballer. His senior debut for Frank Lampard’s side last month was against Grimsby in a cup game. He played at right-back and provided one goal and one assist in a 7-1 win. That’s the kind of player Leeds need.

Determination

As well as skill, the stats and versatility he knows what it’s like to fight for the game.

He’s worked his way up throughout Chelsea’s youth ranks. A spell at Wigan also offered him experience and now he’s impressing in the Premier League.

Leeds will have to hope that he’s ready for another loan spell.

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