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The real lessons of Wigan's rebirth and climb to the top:


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#21 Bulletproof

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 05:45 PM

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I love the way the work of Brian Noble is being ignored. He took Wigan from being a club right at the foot of SL and got them to withing inches of a GF. Without those foundations, Wigan would not have won yesterday. A GF win does not come about form one season, it comes about from years of dedication from a lot of people.


Noble was given a lot of resources and they actually cheated to stay up the season he came in.

#22 terrywebbisgod

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 05:51 PM

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Noble was given a lot of resources and they actually cheated to stay up the season he came in.

How?
Once you have tasted excellence,you cannot go back to mediocrity.

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 06:03 PM

QUOTE (PC @ Oct 3 2010, 05:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I love the way the work of Brian Noble is being ignored. He took Wigan from being a club right at the foot of SL and got them to withing inches of a GF. Without those foundations, Wigan would not have won yesterday. A GF win does not come about form one season, it comes about from years of dedication from a lot of people.


I agree, and along with him there are no doubt many individuals who have put in hours of paid and unpaid work that led to the likes of the Tomkins brothers taking the pitch yesterday, they should all be enjoying the moment and take credit for the part they played.

A great deal of credit must go to Michael Maguire and Ian Leneghan for abandoning the culture that rightly or wrongly I felt had existed under previous regimes that more often and not the 17 that took to the pitch were the 17 top earners at the club and not necessarily those in form or deserving of the shirt.

To early to talk of a re-birth or dynasty, next season should be an interesting one especially in the run up to the license announcements, I wonder if any of those clubs deemed under threat can pull something out of the bag at the 11th hour on the pitch.

#24 Bulletproof

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 06:08 PM

That was the year they breached the salary cap wasn't it? They brought in Fielden and Dobson mid way through a relegation scrap?

Let's be honest any half decent manager with the resources to bring in players like Richards and Fielden and call upon the kind of the kind of youth built up over the years Wigan have would be underperforming not to achieve something. The strength of the Wigan club is the big triumph here not the manager. They have international players and a youth system consistently strong for years on end, Noble has hardly performed miracles.

#25 Exiled Wiganer

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Posted 03 October 2010 - 06:30 PM

Avoid injuries to key players. If Sam and Lockers had been out for a long time simultaneously we would have had a different season. While we were often without 7/8 players at a time they were often in positions in which we had cover. Contrast that to Saints and Leeds, where you can have everyone fit apart from 2 of your strike players and be far less potent.




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