There were some astonishing outbursts of dissatisfaction with Gary Caldwell’s management on Tuesday night as Latics were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Millwall.
Some people in the West Stand showed their frustration during the game with vitriolic attacks on the manager. These verbal attacks really do beggar belief.
They are unreasonable and take no account of the constraints that Caldwell is currently working under.
Fans pay their money and have the right to express their opinions but some just don’t see the bigger picture.
Caldwell has had a major rebuilding job at the club following a series of disastrous managerial appointments and he has had to bring in 20 new players in the summer.
He has only been in post for six months but he has already had a lot to contend with. This is his first job as a manager and he has had to learn the ropes while under tremendous pressure to succeed.
Chairman David Sharpe’s unfortunate ‘100 points’ statement certainly didn’t help his cause. Caldwell has had to revamp the club, change the previous style of play and get back to the type of football that was so successful under Roberto Martinez.
The early part of this season has been characterised by a long list of injured players.
Captain Craig Morgan, Vice-captain Jason Pearce, Will Grigg, Craig Davies, Francisco Junior, Haris Vuckic, Kevin McNaughton, Don Cowie, Grant Holt and Shaq Coulthirst have all been out for lengthy periods.
Latics are a work in progress and the fans need to be patient. The team will inevitably face difficulties when they have so many experienced players on the treatment table for long periods.
However, the youngsters who have had to come in have generally done a good job and maintained a position in mid-table.
Despite the negative criticism by some fans, Latics new squad of players have done well, are still unbeaten at home and within touching distance of the play-off zone.
If they can get the experienced players back and fit, the prospects for a move up the table look promising.
The fans that vent their anger at Gary Caldwell really ought to take a step back, consider the progress being made and support their team rather than constantly berating them.
This article was first published in the 12th Man column for the Wigan Evening Post on Friday 2nd October 2015.