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20 July 2015

We look at the seven new sides in League One this season, starting with relegated Championship outfit Wigan Athletic.

Just over two years ago Wigan Athletic were lifting the FA Cup trophy after snatching a last gasp winner against Manchester City. Now they're looking to bounce back after two relegations. The club has been in a state of turmoil ever since that great day at Wembley, with off the field issues taking center stage and detracting from the action on the field.

Something which was highlighted no more so than when club owner and icon Dave Whelan was forced to step down after comments made earlier on this year. However, with former Captain Gary Caldwell now in charge, fans will be hoping for a change of fortune this term.

There was much hope for the Latics last season, having steadied the ship the previous campaign, fans were hoping the club could kick on and return to the promised land of the Premier League. This wasn't to be, results were consistently poor and subsequently resulted in the sacking of two managers, German Uwe Rosler and Scotsman Malky Mackay respectively. It was a bold move to ask captain Gary Caldwell to try and save them, but it was all too little too late, with the former FA Cup winners finishing 23rd in the table.

With the aim of returning to the Championship, the Latics have turned to Will Grigg in hope that he can recapture the form he showed at Walsall and MK Dons last season. A piece of business that could prove smart with the track record the Northern Irishman has. Caldwell has also brought in Bolton striker Craig Davies, again the club it seems taking no chances when it comes to experience at this level. Past pedigree has been added elsewhere too, with the arrivals of both Craig Morgan and David Perkins.

It's a big task for a somewhat rookie manager like Gary Caldwell, who only took the reigns last April and at the tender age of 33, the Scotsman is entering into the unknown. There's always the risk whenever a former player takes charge of a club that a bad spell could tarnish the memories that fans may have and for Caldwell it's no different. Caldwell captained the side to FA Cup glory in 2013 and is regarded as something of a legend at the DW Stadium, so it's going to be interesting to see just how the young manager deals with that pressure.

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