Wigan face up to Hutchings mistake
Premier League Wigan Athletic
by Jonathan Stevenson (U1987325) 05 November 2007
In the frenetic end to the 2006/07 season, Wigan’s appointment of Chris Hutchings as their new manager went largely unheralded.
Wigan are beginning to look like a club who are slipping out of the Premier League
Surely Whelan should not have made the same mistake seven years on?
When Hutchings was appointed, these 606 messageboards were inundated with messages from Wigan fans worrying that Whelan had been panicked into making a decision.
More ominously, there were plenty more missives from Bradford fans that served as a stark reminder of Hutchings’ failure during his time in charge at Valley Parade.
Sadly for Wigan, Hutchings and Whelan, the doom-merchants were proved to be right.
Now, six months on, Whelan has the most important decision of his chairmanship to make.
He has done the sensible thing in putting Hutchings’ assistant Frank Barlow – who two seasons ago had a superb spell as caretaker-manager at Nottingham Forest – in temporary charge.
Now, Whelan must bide his time and search for a manager who can inspire the current crop of players to win another fight against the drop.
Wigan are beginning to look like a club who are slipping out of the Premier League.
They have lost six games in a row, have plummeted to 18th after topping the table early on and are short on goals as well as confidence, finding the net just twice in their last five games.
When you think about who might be able to conjure up another Houdini act, the name Paul Jewell springs to mind.
But who do you think should be charged with trying to keep Wigan in the top flight?
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