Q&A With Wigan Athletic

  • January 02, 2015 | By David Williams
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Ahead of the 44th meeting between Bolton and Wigan Athletic, we have got the views of a Latics supporter.

Wanderers go into the game on the back of a 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield Town last Sunday, while Wigan were beaten 1-0 at home by Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday evening.

In our latest edition of Q&A, we have got the views of Paul Farrington (@WIGANERdotnet) - a 30-year-old Wigan supporter, who has attended games as a season ticket holder for the last 15 years. Paul has seen his team rise from the old Division Three to the Premier League and lists his all-time favourite player as Arjan de Zeeuw.

Q: The first obvious question is, what do you make of the Dave Whelan and Malky Mackay mess?

A: It's just a short-term mess. On footballing grounds, it is clear to see why Mr Whelan made Malky Mackay his first choice for our football club. He has a successful history at both Watford and Cardiff City and, from the applicants, he has the best footballing credentials to take the club forward.

Obviously, there is the ongoing issue of his FA charge to consider which should, in all reality, have put our chairman off, at least until the case was settled. I understand that the case is more complicated than the Daily Mail would have us believe, so we'll leave that one for the lawyers.

In terms of the allegations against Mr Whelan - it is a shame that the Guardian were more interested in a witch hunt and their interviewer clearly lined up a 78-year-old man, born of a different generation, for a fall. There is no doubt our chairman isn't a racist, and whilst he needs to learn when to keep quiet, the whole situation is crackers.

Q: What's gone wrong, on the field, at Wigan?

A: In short, it can be blamed on a period of too much change. From Owen Coyle, to Uwe Rosler, to Malky Mackay, it has been a very turbulent time on the field since Roberto Martinez left for Everton.

Each manager has had their own take on the way things should be done and, unfortunately, neither Coyle nor Rosler had the right idea and we've been left with a legacy squad from those two failed regimes.

There is a lot of work for Mackay to do but we should have a strong enough set of players to stay in the division. The problem is our supporters expect us to be challenging for promotion whilst we are still benefiting from the parachute payments, and rightly so.

Q: Do you expect Mackay to field a strong team, with Wigan's outstanding recent history in the FA Cup?

A: I certainly hope so. The FA Cup is perhaps our best opportunity to have some semblance of success this season.

Whilst we are clearly not going to win the trophy, there is no reason why a good cup run can't act as a catalyst to our league season. We're also not short of players, with quite a big squad at the manager's disposal, so there is no reason why he shouldn't choose to put out a strong team for the game.

Q: Which player do you feel may be playing and cause Neil Lennon to worry?

A: James McClean has been our best attacking player of recent weeks. The pacey winger has been operating as a front man and defenders don't seem to enjoy his direct running styles.

Malky Mackay seems very keen on McClean and the former Sunderland player has been giving 110% in all his recent displays, even finding the net a few times.

Grant Holt should also be an interesting proposition as he returns from his loan spell with Huddersfield Town and could go straight into our starting line up.

Q: Who are Wigan fans not going to be pleased to see on the Bolton team sheet?

A: Emile Heskey has to be the obvious name. Even at the age of 36, the former Latics frontman has the physical stature to cause any defence a fair share of problems. He also has the experience and knowledge to make a nuisance of himself.

So often ridiculed by supporters of clubs who lament only his goalscoring record, Heskey is a hero amongst Latics supporters who will never forget his heroics from that fateful day at Bramall Lane where the big man operated as a one-man barrier against Sheffield United's attacks to help keep the Latics in the top flight.

It's a shame to now see him in a Bolton shirt...

Q: Finally, what's your score prediction for Saturday's game?

A: Given our recent history in the competition, we are unlikely to be taking the game lightly. It also represents perhaps our biggest opportunity to get some joy this season, so the manager will have the players focussed on this one.

I'm going to predict that we sneak a close-fought game 2-1, with a McClean brace.

Burnden Aces would like to thank Paul for taking the time to answer our questions. You can read more of his views by following him on Twitter - @WIGANERdotnet.

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