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Last week I said sacking Gary Caldwell would only be the right call if we appoint the correct replacement.

Caretaker-boss Graham Barrow bought chairman David Sharpe some valuable time, by masterminding a 1-0 away win at Cardiff on Saturday.

Despite that, it looks as if we’ve made the wrong call in Warren Joyce.

Don’t get me wrong, I have the utmost respect for Joyce, because he’s seen as an important individual at Manchester United.

He has developed talented young players such as Marcus Rashford and Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who have progressed into the first team.

However, what he doesn’t have is Championship experience – something we desperately need, something Caldwell didn’t have, and one of the factors in his sacking.

So, in many ways, Joyce becoming the new leader of the Wigan Athletic first team is a sideways step for the club.

I hope I’m proven wrong – I always hate to be negative.

But I can only see us battling relegation for the remainder of this season.

The only way this decision could work is if he brings in a solid backroom team of his own – people who have the appropriate experience at this level of football – so we can have a better chance of being remotely successful.

Here goes nothing!

Twitter: @kieranmaksports

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