3 years of Leneghan selling wigan's best players and trying to replace them with kids and cheap buys looks like its catching up on them.
It's not that at all.
Wigan success over the past 4 years have been based around 2 players. Sam Tomkins and Sean O Loughlin. I do not people realise how good these two players are, they are to Wigan what Cronk, Smith and Slater are to Melbourne. If you took them 3 out Melbourne would be in the bottom four of the NRL.
Pretty much everyone in the Wigan team apart from them two has been interchangeable. From Leuleuai and Finch being replaced by Smith and Green. From many forwards being swapped around. The losses of Hock, Carmont, Lima (who is absolutely shocking now) Hoffman or whoever else were all just minor parts in the Wigan machine. The machine for the last four years has well and truly revolved around Tomkins and O Loughlin. They are world class and would make a huge impact at most NRL sides between them.
Removing one of those players and starting a season with one of them injured (and IMO carrying an injury whilst playing) is going to result in a huge transition period for the club. It was always come to happen everyone knew it. Lenaghan will of known but name 2 players in SL who could replace Tomkins and O Loughlin? There isn't any.
Wigan will be back at the top in 2 years time when Hampshire, Williams, Powell, Burgess, Bateman, Hughes, Crosby all come into their own. But for now it's 5th - 8th rugby and I do not think there is much they can do about it.