Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook has been hit with a triple hammer blow ahead of this weekend’s crucial clash at Bristol City. Michael Jacobs is out for the rest of the season with the hamstring injury he sustained against Brentford last weekend.Callum McManaman - out of contract this summer - may have played his last game for the club after undergoing hernia surgery.And Gary Roberts has also been sidelined with a calf problem picked up in training.“Michael Jacobs now looks like he’s out for the season, which is a massive blow,” reported Cook.“Callum McManaman’s gone in for a hernia operation this morning, which he’s been carrying for a period of time.“He’ll probably be out for four weeks, which is another blow, but his future in the game is the most important thing.“Gary Roberts is also out with a calf injury, and it is what it is.“But that’s part and parcel of football, and it gives opportunities for other lads to … [Read more...] about Triple injury setback for Wigan Athletic boss
A bid to deliver dozens of homes at the site of a family-run Wigan social club has been rejected. The plans included the demolition of Mr Earls in Ince and incorporated its adjacent bowling green. The town hall said the application does not provide enough evidence that the leisure facility is ‘surplus to requirements’ or there is 'no longer a need' for the community venue. The ruling has been welcomed as 'excellent news' by the venue's licensee Karen Midgley, who said the facilities remain in regular use by the community. A petition in opposition to the development plans had attracted 500 signatures. Mrs Midgley said: "It's a family run club and we're really relieved. It was a traumatic time for us because we didn't know which way it would go." The Earl Street venue - formerly home to a branch of the Royal British Legion - suffered significant damage in a suspected arson attack earlier this year. Work is ongoing to return it to full capacity, the licensee added. … [Read more...] about Bid to deliver dozens of homes at site of family-run Wigan social club ejected
More than 100 election hopefuls are vying for 25 council seats in Wigan’s council chamber next month - including several former councillors and a stand-up comic. A third of the borough’s seats are up-for-grabs with the country’s two main parties - Labour and Conservatives - fielding candidates in each ward. The UK Independence Party (UKIP) is challenging in 21 areas with the Liberal Democrats fielding 13 representatives. Meanwhile, the Green Party (6), Independents (10), Independent Network (5) and newcomers Leigh, Atherton and Tyldesley Together (4) are also hoping to land a seat at the town hall. The ruling Labour group won 23 out of 25 the last time this batch of council seats were contested back in 2015. Notable incumbents seeking re-election include cabinet members Chris Ready and Jenny Bullen. The list of candidates also includes several former councillors who are bidding for a return to life as an elected member. Read more of today's top stories here These … [Read more...] about Wigan council elections 2019: Who is standing in your ward?
Wigan council’s post-Grenfell plans to install sprinklers in its high rise tower blocks could be shelved after a resident backlash. Town hall bosses had said the £2m plan would put ‘minds at rest’, but tenants claimed it was a knee-jerk reaction and unnecessary. Following a consultation, officers now say a final decision should be deferred until after the Grenfell Inquiry is completed. “As a result of residents' responses...(a report to cabinet will recommend) we should wait until more information is available, including any government recommendations or change in legislation, before making any final decision on the installation of sprinklers,” a letter addressed to tenants reads. Phil Harris, representative for the Hi-Risers group, welcomed the officers' stance. He told the Local Democracy Reporting Service: "We weren't bothered how this came about as long as the sprinklers are not happening. We've got the result we wanted and now we'll move on … [Read more...] about Wigan’s post-Grenfell plans to install sprinklers in blocks could be shelved
Bristol City have been given a triple boost in the build-up to their clash with Wigan , to the detriment of their opponents. Three Latics forwards have been ruled out of a match that will have serious implications at both ends of the table, with the Robins chasing a play-off place as Wigan look to escape the drop. Paul Cook's side have been ravaged by injury this week, with key man Michael Jacobs' season over following a hamstring injury, Callum McManaman having surgery on a hernia and Gary Roberts picking up a calf injury in training. Jacobs pulled up during Wigan's goalless draw with Brentford last weekend. The in-form 27-year-old has already missed most of the season through injury and would have formed a crucial part of an attacking trident alongside Gavin Massey and Nick Powell. All three of those players were on target in the 5-2 win over Bolton before the international break and would have posed a threat to Lee Johnson's Bristol City. Jacobs has scored four and laid on four … [Read more...] about Triple injury blow for Wigan ahead of Bristol City clash