Former Wigan Athletic boss Uwe Rosler believes his old club’s problems this season have stemmed from an ‘instability’ at the helm.
Latics are on the verge of suffering an immediate return to League One after a miserable campaign back in the second tier.
Relegation rivals Birmingham need only pick up one point from either of their final two games, even if Latics beat both play-off chasing Reading and Leeds in their last two matches.
It’s a far cry from 12 months ago, when Latics were sweeping all before them on the way to the League One title under Gary Caldwell.
The Scot, of course, last only two-and-a-half months into this season before he was sacked after a below-par start.
Replacement Warren Joyce didn’t fare much better during his four months in charge, which left interim boss Graham Barrow needing snookers when he took over last month.
“It’s never a good sign when you have three coaches in a season,” Rosler – now manager of Fleetwood – told the ‘Football on 5’ programme.
“I think the instability is not helping, especially for a newly-promoted team.
“They’ve not been able to get any sort of consistency in their performances.
“I think they have been lacking a cutting edge.
“They’ve been right in many, many games – they’ve kept many clean sheets.
“But they haven’t been converting their chances into goals.”
Rosler, who left Latics in November 2014 after a disappointing start to the campaign, has rebuilt his reputation on the Fylde coast.
Indeed, his Fleetwood side are still in with a chance of automatic promotion into the Championship, heading into this weekend’s final round of matches.
It’s a level he felt sure Latics would be able to consolidate in.
When asked if he thought Wigan would have been clear of the relegation dogfight this term, Rosler replied: “Of course.
“All the infrastructure is there – the stadium, the training ground, the finances.
“I felt very sure they would stay in the Championship this season.”