Wigan Athletic – Season Preview 2009/10:

This forthcoming season looks very likely to be a case of out with the old and in the with the old as former Wigan player Roberto Martinez takes over the managerial reigns from Steve Bruce.

Bruce did a truly magnificent job at Wigan and everybody connected to the club will be grateful of that; nobody more so than Chairman Dave Whelan who must appreciate of Steve Bruce the tremendous achievement of making a club with such limited finance and support base into a solid Premier League team.

The appointment of Roberto Martinez is a popular appointment amongst Wigan fans given that he was a popular player who provided great service for the club and also in the respect that he achieved great things at Swansea, which have given him the experience, required.

Martinez obviously has to adapt to life as a manager in the Premier League, but he appears a very calm individual with integrity and a strong belief in his own footballing principles, so he has every chance of adapting well and doing a good job at Wigan.

Martinez encouraged his Swansea team to play positive football and that should prove refreshing for Wigan Athletic fans and generate new local interest in the club, increasing the support, which the club desperately needs.

The Wigan Athletic squad as it currently stands look thin and Martinez will know that he needs to add quality and depth to the squad where possible, but from within the limited financial restraints that Wigan Athletic face, so he will have to call upon his knowledge of players to seek out value for money purchases.

How successful Roberto Martinez adapts to the Premier League will determine how Wigan fare, so it is very hard to predict with any confidence but we would expect Wigan to have enough to remain a Premier League team and for them that will be deemed a success.

PREDICTED LEAGUE POSITION: 15tt

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