Two years after winning the FA Cup, Wigan relegated to League One


On May 11, 2013, Wigan Athletic stunned Manchester City to win the club’s first ever FA Cup.

Days later, they were relegated from the Premier League.

Now a year after that and Wigan will be playing in League One, the third tier of English football.

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The fall from grace has been quick for the club from Greater Manchester, as Roberto Martinez’s Wembley triumph seems a distant memory.

Wigan enjoyed an eight-year run in the Premier League from 2005-2013, including a surprising 10th place finish in their first season in the top flight.

After Roberto Martinez left for Everton in 2013 following a four-year spell as manager at Wigan, there has been little stability at the club.

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Four managers in two years has placed the club second-to-last in the Championship, officially relegated to League One for next season.

It has been an especially tough season for Wigan, as chairman Dave Whelan stepped down after being charged by the FA for making racially insensitive comments. Then Malky Mackay was sacked less than five months after being appointed manager.

New chairman David Sharpe spoke to the club’s official website following the relegation, saying promotion back to the Championship was the only goal for next season.

It’s a sad day for everyone associated with Wigan Athletic but we will bounce back, I want that to be the main message to our fans tonight.
Our only target next season is promotion, nothing else will suffice and the job of rebuilding the club is already well under way under Gary Caldwell and his staff.
Football is full of examples of clubs who have come back stronger after relegation and I want us to be the latest one of those
We have an amazing opportunity to start afresh and begin an exciting new era for the club.”