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The potential sale of Ryan Gauld shows that Scottish football is progressing. With the sale of James McCarthy in September 2013 for £2 million there were thoughts of ‘oh a small club with 1 good player’. But no, the mistake people make is they assume because the league is small there is no quality or the lame excuse ‘its a two club league’ (Celtic/Rangers). Having watched the demise of Hearts and Hibernian, then the takeover of both clubs you can see there is a new club style in …

These are the upcoming playoffs in the different divisions, first up the Championship:
Wigan vs. QPR – May 9th 7.45 pm, DW Stadium (first leg), May 12th 7.45 pm, Loftus Road (second leg)
QPR finished one place higher than Wigan in fourth, but seven points better off. Both teams struggled for consistency and goals a bit, and there were few highlights in the 0-0 DW draw during the normal season. In the return fixture, Yossi Benayoun gave QPR a narrow victory, but 18-goal Charlie Austin is the man most likely to decide …

Winners

Wigan – Bayern Munich, Barcelona and… Wigan. Wigan’s victory at the Etihad this weekend puts them into the semi-finals of the FA Cup and allows them to make a boast that very few clubs across Europe are able to make: they beat Manchester City on their own turf. Despite misfiring slightly with Owen Coyle, Dave Whelan seems to have an eye for a superhuman manager. Following Roberto Martinez’s heroics in last season’s FA Cup final was going to be no mean feat, but Uwe Rosler has set about copy-and-pasting the …

To describe Manchester United’s preseason as dismal is no exaggeration. Defeats both on and off the pitch are no ideal start to the post-Sir Alex era. On Friday night, they spoiled Rio’s party, but more worrying looked far from ready for the season, when their opponents only arrived that morning, having also played a competitive match the day before.

Robin Van Persie’s double is the perfect pain-relief for David Moyes, not only did it end their poor pre-season run, but also brought Moyes his first managerial silverware. Apart from the goals, …

Premier League is like a golden egg. Prize money, TV broadcasting revenues and tickets sales bring significant profits which can finance the team to the next level. On the flip side, being over-ambitious could mean a long way back, should a team lose their place in one of the most popular football leagues.
If Leeds and Portsmouth demonstrated the worst way to fail, Wigan is following the textbook in operating a football club.
Roberto Martinez advocated attractive football and brought an unexpected trophy to the JJB Stadium. Although failing to bring Wigan …

Roberto Martinez is one of the most likeable characters in the Premier League as he led Wigan to survival year after year in some of the Premier League’s greatest ever escapes. The Spaniard who had a wonderful playing career moved into management in 2007 and has never looked back.
After taking over at Swansea in 2007 after retiring as a player, Martinez excelled as he took the managerial hot seat as his attractive brand of football lead the Swans to become League One Champions as he took the League One Manager …

Roberto Martinez has confirmed he will leave Wigan and he has held talks with Bill Kenwright about becoming David Moyes’ successor. Moyes, who left Goodison for Old Trafford, has said he will help Everton in the search to find his successor and we are led to believe Moyes has put forward Martinez as the best possible man for the job.
Martinez has been constantly praised by Wigan chairman Dave Whelan by saying he will be the best manager in Europe in a few years time, but he has only managed two …

They had twice turned it around at West Brom in the weekend. Last night at home, they simply gifted it away. Twice leading Swansea, Wigan threw away the match in hand and left themselves in the worst possible situation ahead of the Wembley trip.
Triumph at Wembley could mean nothing if they will be in the Championship next season. The Latics knew they had to battle, and they came out fighting from the very first minute. Without the injured Maynor Figueroa and Antolin Alcaraz, club captain Gary Caldwell was recalled. Being …

Following their defeat to West Ham, Wigan Athletic find themselves in the bottom three with six games left to their season; five in the league, and one at Wembley Stadium in the FA Cup final. After they host Tottenham at home on 27th of April, Wigan face three tricky games in a week: a trip to West Brom, a home game against Swansea three days later, and a final played in front of nearly four times the capacity of the DW Stadium the following Saturday. Due to this year’s Champions …

We are marching into the end of March, where the heat is starting to boil up. No matter you are in the top or bottom territory of the table, there is something to fight for to ensure a happy ending by the end of the season. When the margin could be as narrow as on goal difference, it could take less than a moment of slack or a minor mistake to cause a sailing ship to wreck. However, if the wrecking is caused by mistakes from a third-party, it is …