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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Whelan concerned about crowds

By YAMS Staff Reporter

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan is more concerned about poor attendances than he is about his side's poor start to the season.

Just over 150 fans travelled to Hartlepool on a filthy August night as Wigan somehow managed a 0-3 victory just three days after getting twatted by Chelsea.

"It was very disappointing," Whelan told Sly Sports News. "I know it was Tuesday night because I looked at the calendar just before kick off but 150 is a pretty shit following.

"We've come a long way in a short time. I asked the coach driver to put his foot down.

Whelan claims he is not altogether surprised Wigan have suffered such a poor start - and gave his full backing to boss Roberto Martinez.

"We played shite in the first half on Tuesday but managed to kill off a team two divisions below us in the second. We know we're in for a fight this season.

"Roberto is a very good manager. Because we beat Hartlepool I’ve given him another two years on his contract.

"Roberto is working for the long term.

"When you lose against Blackpool and play poorly, you get letters from fans saying sack the manager. But Roberto is here for the long term even if we’re in League 2 in a few years."

Meanwhile, Whelan confirmed Wigan are prepared to let France winger Charles N'Zogbia go if they receive an offer they deem acceptable.

"It depends if anyone comes in and offers the right money," he said. "If we get the right offer, he can fuck off now we’ve got that lad from Chelsea on loan and for bugger all wages.

"His agent was very nice about it all and understood where we were coming from once I threatened to have his legs broken."

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