When Saturday Comes magazine asked for my views on Latics’ prospects for 2016/17 for their pre-season preview so I thought I’d also record my responses here.
1. Realistically, how will you do?
I’m positive and upbeat after last season’s progress under manager Gary Caldwell. The manager has made some good signings and there is a good feeling around the club, so I’m hoping the momentum from last season’s promotion can continue this time around. I’m expecting a top half finish but making the play-offs would be a massive bonus.
2. Which teams did you like and dislike the most last season?
Liked Barnsley for their attractive football and good-humoured fans. Disliked Millwall – a horrible football club with horrible fans – very pleased we won’t be playing them in the League this season.
3. What was the best moment of last season?
There were so many last season, but celebrating the League One title and promotion back to the Championship with a 4-0 win at Blackpool was special. Also the Will Grigg’s On Fire chant and the epic celebrations in Wigan town centre at the end of the season weren’t bad either.
4. What was the worst moment of last season?
A low point was the calamitous performance by keeper Richard O’Donnell as we were hammered 4-0 at Bury in the First Round of the FA Cup.
5. What one new piece of merchandise should your club introduce?
Caldwell as Superman inflatables would be a best seller.
6. We’d like your prediction for next season’s League table?
3. Sheffield W
6. Aston Villa
19. Bristol City
The full WSC pre-season guide for 2016/17 is now available in your local newsagents.