Wigan – season 1 finale (part 4)

Well go ahead and pop that champagne (or prosseco if you’re on a budget) because Wigan are the champions of League 1! Champioooneys, champioooneys, olay, olay, olay!

It’s been a fantastic end to season 1, the team is on a high and we’re thinking ahead to life in the Championship. The fans are jubilant, the chairman and board thrilled, nothing could ruin this moment, right? Well, how about a pre-season transfer embargo! Read on for all the drama.

Season 1 (2015/16) round-up

  • League 1 winners: Wigan
  • League 1 Player of the Year: Jermaine Pennant
  • League 1 Team of the Year: Includes Leon Barnett and Jermaine Pennant
  • Top goalscorer: Grant Holt (13)
  • Most assists: Jermaine Pennant (29)

Veterans Grant Holt and Jussi Jääskeläinen have announced their immediate retirements.

Transfer Embargo

Shortly after the season came to a close Dave Wealan (owner) retired and put the club up for sale. A takeover bid was made for the club at the start of pre-season, which saw a transfer embargo put in place by chairman David Sharpe. A local investor, Jordan Fisher, completed his takeover mid July and succeeds David Sharpe as chairman. After a long and nervous wait me and my staff have survived the ordeal and will continue under new ownership.

The move disrupted transfer dealings for the upcoming season somewhat as a number of targets we’re missed out on. Fortunately I managed to confirm a few deals before and after the embargo was enforced. The most notable of those was Nikica Jelavic on loan from West Ham – a straight replacement for retired target man Grant Holt. I also brought in Robbie Brady and Tyrone Mings on loan deals to strengthen the left flank, whilst extending Mason Bennett’s loan deal. In terms of permanent deals I’ve made Liam Palmer a permanent member of the squad by paying out his future fee. Marcus Bettinelli has signed on a free transfer to up the number of keepers, so too has Steve Sidwell and Jordan Spence, who can play anywhere in defence. Overall I feel that the squad has been bolstered well in terms of pedigree, which will hopefully see us better the expectation of avoiding relegation.

Nikicia Jelovic (loaned from West Ham)

Assistant Manager

I’ve brought in ex-England international Johnathan Woodgate as our new assistant manager, replacing Graham Barrow. This is Woodgate’s first non-playing role but he does have the edge in an attribute comparison, and his spirited personality could be a real asset during what could be a testing season.