Wigan Athletic are going through turmoil both on and off the pitch at the minute.
Wigan Athletic finished bottom of the Championship last season and were well cut adrift by the end of the campaign. The Tics were unable to build on their League One title winning campaign the year before and now find themselves back in the third tier at the earliest possible point.
Shaun Maloney was unable to claw his side to safety, but performances and results did improve under his watch. It will be hoped that continues going into the new campaign.
But, facing an eight point deduction before the season has even started is not an easy thing to do and here some of our writers predict how Wigan Athletic will fare in the 2023/24 League One campaign…
“Wigan Athletic have had quite a busy summer window despite certain issues behind the scenes at the club. They’ve added talent across the board and for me it’s more than enough for them to overcome the eight point deduction without being in any danger this year.
“They have the likes of Charlie Wyke who has registered over 87 goal contributions in the third tier throughout his career and if Maloney can get his wingers perfecting their service to him he will be a key asset this season.
“Whilst I can’t imagine them being in any danger of back-to-back relegation I don’t think they’ll be in contention for an immediate return to the Championship either and for that reason I predict a very average, but solid campaign for the Tics given the circumstances.”
“With all the off-field issues seemingly sorted at Wigan now, I think they will be alright next season. They have a decent boss in Shaun Maloney who will be eager to show what he is capable of doing as a manager.
“They have kept hold of Callum Lang for now and although the likes of Will Keane and Max Power have left, this new campaign gives them a chance to have a much needed refresh across the board.
“Wigan have usually taken the third tier by storm over recent times but the 2023/24 season will be different. They are no longer one of the front runners for promotion, but who knows, maybe that will work in their favour.”