Saturday was a very good day back on the league front with a comfortable win for us and Blackburn slipping up at Plymouth. Shrewsbury again managed to poach a late winner, reinforcing the opinion that they’re either very good or very spawny.

From our perspective, I find generally that when we play teams from the south, you will always get a hard game at their place but when they come up to the DW, they aren’t quite the same proposition and that was certainly the case with Gillingham.

The rule perhaps applies in reverse this weekend. Southend at home was a walk in the park but we will undoubtedly be in for a hard game at their place. Especially seeing as they have finally sent Phil Brown for an extended holiday to top up his tan and installed a new manager in the form of the experienced Chris Powell.

Then we have Blackpool at home who have faded a bit. Yet for some reason they have had the better of it against us at home in recent years, in stark contrast to our performances at the party zone that is Bloomfield Road.

Of course, takeover talk is dominating the Wigan Athletic world right now, with opinions varying from delirious optimism to catastrophic doom mongering depending on what you read and who you believe.

One thing is for certain, despite the silence coming out of the club, it is definitely happening, and we as fans, have little option but to go along with it unless one of our fans finds a few billion quid down the back of the sofa to make a counter offer.

In the short term at least, we can only hope that nothing changes, as it is currently one of the best periods we’ve ever had as Latics fans, and there’s some pretty fierce competition for that accolade given all we’ve achieved.

Understanding the motives of the new group coming in will be key, and also for me it is ensuring that anyone coming in will leave the club in a better state than when they arrived. There is little doubt that Dave Whelan has done that during his tenure but what guarantees do we have for our future here? Again, that lies solely with the Whelan family’s judgement and is a leap of faith for the rest of us.

The end of an era and the beginning of a new one awaits us.

Article first published in the Wigan Evening Post’s 12th Man column on Friday 9th February 2018

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