Well there really isn’t a quiet day when you follow Wigan Athletic.
Personally, I was shocked by David Sharpe’s decision to sack Gary Caldwell as manager, and, to be honest, I have no idea whether it was the right or wrong path to take.
What I do know is the next move our chairman makes is absolutely vital for the long-term future of this football club; so many times before have we sacked or lost a manager, only to get our next appointment completely wrong (Owen Coyle and Malky Mackay being prime examples).
Having said that, I can see both sides of the argument. We were in turmoil before Caldwell took over and he worked wonders both on and off the field to win League One at the first attempt.
That’s why it could be seen as the wrong decision, because he deserved more time based on his achievements last season – big teams like Sheffield United have struggled to get out of that division since being relegated from the Championship back in 2011.
However, I can also see why it could be the right decision. There are many reasons why it hasn’t gone right this campaign and every one has their opinions, but football is ultimately a results business and two league wins from 14 games has left us second bottom.
We aren’t the only team struggling, but the other teams around us have acted to change their fortunes.
Two of them, Cardiff City and Rotherham United, were in a very similar position to us.
We all had inexperienced managers at this level (Paul Trollope – Cardiff and Alan Stubbs – Rotherham), who have struggled to pick up results in what is a consistency-based league.
The Bluebirds and the Millers both have both chopped and changed, bringing in the vastly experienced Neil Warnock and Kenny Jackett respectively. Both of those bosses know this division inside out.
Cardiff in particular have reaped the rewards, winning two from two under Warnock and therefore climbing out of the relegation zone. Ironically, we travel to South Wales to play them tomorrow.
So it might have been the wrong decision to part ways with Caldwell, who’s been a great servant to the club, or it might be the right decision, because timing is everything.
For me, the only way it can be correct is if we appoint a respectable, experienced manager who can keep us in the Championship and then build on Caldwell’s rapid success.
If we make the wrong call and get relegated again, then the long-term future what Sharpe was talking about could be in serious doubt.