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Dave Whelan Says Wigan Being On Brink of Europe is Another Step in Their History: The Nightly EPL

Congratulations to Wigan Athletic Football Club on reaching the FA Cup Final, their first major final in the history of the club. Hats off go to Wigan owner Dave Whelan as well as manager Roberto Martinez and his players. The achievement of going this far in the tournament should not be overlooked. This is a massive day in the history of one of the smallest clubs in the Premier League.

As long as Martinez can keep his Wigan side in the Premier League for another season, this 2012-13 season will be seen as the greatest in the club’s young history (they only joined the Football League in 1978).

And now they’re on the verge of Europa League qualification.

“[Europe] is another step on history, Wigan coming from Lancashire combination we have got to Premier and yes we will be in Europe and it will be another part of history,” said Whelan.

Wigan will qualify for the Europa League if Chelsea finish in the top four this season.

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  1. jtm371

    April 13, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    BRAVO Wigan hope you can finish off the deal.long live the minnows.

  2. Fred

    April 13, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    The problem with Wigan is that they don’t have enough support in their small town. It is a rugby town. It didn’t help this week that Whelan called for a minutes silence for Thatcher. She was not a popular figure and he didn’t do Wigan FC any favors. Once again I can see them not selling their allocation for the final at Wembley.

    As far as the team and manager are concerned, most neutrals like watching them play and Martinez has done wonders with the squad he has had over the years. They have a tough schedule left in the league and it is going to be tough for them to stay up but if anyone can do it Martinez can. Should be an interesting next few weeks for them and the other relegation-battling teams.

    The problem with Wigan getting into the Europa League is that they will have to spend to buy players to have a deep enough squad to cope and I’m not sure they can afford to. We shall see.

    • trickybrkn

      April 14, 2013 at 1:30 am

      They will have a play in home and away… It all comes down to the draw. If they get a weak team then maybe, if the go down and draw a team with any reputation, you know full well the focus will be on getting back in the PL and the Euro Cup will be nothing but a distraction. It is jut a matter of money. Premier League football is much more desirable/profitable then the Euro Cup.

  3. trickybrkn

    April 13, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    They always do an amazing job avoiding the drop, yet fact is Wigan are not economically a PL club. Their town is a rugby town, they never fill a championship sized stadium, but man, can they stay up when everyone else writes them off.
    Whelan should break out the checkbook for Martinez… He is solely responsible.

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