It was the first time the Latics have ever suffered relegation in their history, but the Latics had been fighting the drop for the last four seasons.
Wigan have already lost highly-rated boss Roberto Martinez to Everton. The Spaniard was linked with the Liverpool position last summer, but decided to stay at the DW Stadium. The previous summer Martinez was also linked with Aston Villa.
The Latics relegation was enough to convince the 39-year-old to leave Wigan. It is very rare that a manager suffers relegation and is still so highly-rated.
The likes of Arouna Kone, James McCarthy and Callum McManaman have all been linked with following their former-boss to the blue half of Merseyside.
Scottish international midfielder Shaun Maloney, who was one of Wigan’s star players last season, has stated that he does not know where his future lies. It is likely to be a similar story for Wigan’s better players.
James McCarthy has long been linked with moves with the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham. However, should Everton sell Marouane Fellaini then the Republic of Ireland will be regarded as a replacement for the Belgium star.
Wigan’s top scorer last season Arouna Kone has a release clause of £6.5million in his contract. The Ivory Coast international striker was expected to follow Martinez to Goodison Park, but is now being linked with a move to Everton’s arch-rivals Liverpool and Southampton.
The Latics have a major rebuilding job on their hands this summer as the Latics prepare for life in the Championship. The first challenge is finding a new boss. Whoever that man is could have to rebuild a whole team and have a major job on their hands.
Will there be a mass exodus from Wigan this summer?
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