It’s amazing the difference a week can make for a football club. Last Friday will go down as one of the most dramatic we’ve had as a club as the fallout following Will Grigg’s move to Sunderland was fully laid bare.
We’ll be discussing whether it was the right call for years to come – but I thought at the time it was a deal Latics simply had to accept. What has transpired since – the make up of the deal, how hard Latics fought for a decent price tells me that it definitely was the right deal.
Grigg will always be a Latics legend, he’s one of the best strikers we’ve ever had. He’s been central to two amazing title winning seasons in League One and was the driving force behind Wigan Athletic reaching a historic fourth FA Cup quarter-final last season. But all good things must come to an end.
Grigg has been un-lucky this season. His second Championship season with Wigan Athletic has followed a similar path to his first; start of the season by scoring goals, suffer a bad injury, followed by a period of time out of the side and struggling to get back in again.
We can question why Cook hasn’t played him more this season but I still maintain the club, nor the manager wanted to sell him. But when someone offers that sort of money for a player who isn’t playing the club would have been foolish to say no.
Following all that drama, and the atmosphere surrounding the club it was important that Latics got some sort of reaction on Saturday. Cook showed his intentions by throwing Danny Fox and Leon Clarke straight in to the starting line up. Leon Clarke couldn’t have hoped for a better second debut, setting up Josh Windass for the first goal and showing his predatory instinct to get that all important second goal.
Danny Fox was impressive, handed the captaincy on his first start for the club and he added that steadiness at the back we’ve been missing this season.
It was an important three points on Saturday, but potentially even more important will come at the New York Stadium on Saturday. We’ve a fantastic chance to get that all important second away win of the season and in the process put some real distance between us and the relegation zone and finally start looking up.
Wednesday’s Fans Forum was enlightening, it was another excellent event hosted by the club and I found it interesting to hear Darren Royle and Jonathan Jackson in terms of their plans for the club. I came away once again thinking the club was in safe hands.
There will be full coverage elsewhere so I won’t go over details that can be covered elsewhere but it was striking to hear that IEC have handed the day to day running of the club to Royle and Jackson. Let’s hope their tenure is as successful as the previous owners.
I also came away feeling that Paul Cook has been unfairly treated by a section of the support this season. I still think he’ll get us out of the hole we’re currently in and with any luck we can progress next season.