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Wigan marked themselves with FA cup glory as the player nick named ‘Prince Harry‘ came to the rescue with a dramatic winner in the 90th minute.

Ben Watson’s late header stunned Jo Hart as the game looked to be heading into extra time but the injury time goal couldn’t have come at a more than perfect time.

This result was surprising as Manchester City were hot favorites prior to kick off to at least get some silverware in the cabinet due to their recent disappointment finishing runners-up to their neighbours Manchester Utd in the Premier League.

First of  all, lets talk of how proud the Latics owner Dave Whelan and manager Roberto Martinez must be with his teams awesome display yesterday. This is a team that is in a relegation dog fight and myself having experienced a relegation battle before, they may have been entering the game low on confidence to a team lying second in the table.

This could lift Wigans confidence with their two remaining fixtures this season needing maximum points from the games for survival.   If they do get relegated they will follow QPR and Reading down to the Championship, but their consolation would be Europa League football for winning the FA Cup.

Roberto Mancini’s position at Manchester City could be under threat with the high expectation level the club demand. Their run of form in the premier league even though they are in second in the Premier League table seems not enough for the owner and fans and also the defeat to Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup Final looks as though its put the icing on the cake for Mancini.

Malaga FC manager Manuel Pellegrini  is the bookies hot favorite if Mancini stands down as the manager which looks inevitable.  But will this solve the problem?.

Manchester City have had manager after manager and its Mancini to of had only won the title.   Is it a good thing changing the manager frequently?. Mancini has spent a whopping 291 milllon pounds and has again requested from the board another cash injection to spend big, if he does leave the new manager may not fancy the players currently under contract at the Etihad and will want to invest in his own players whether he feels the players are good enough or not.

I don’t think its a good thing changing the manager all the time, you have players and supporters to think about, there is harmony in the changing room which can lead to unrest. The style of play and new tactics will be bought into place which the players would have to adapt to and that’s why my opinion will never change that money cannot always buy success.

It will be interesting to see next season who the manager will be but let’s hope football doesn’t get even more excessive than it is now regarding wages and transfer fee’s.

I miss the good old days where the young English youth prospects came through the ranks and established themselves to a high level of football and maintained it to pursue a long old successful career, for instance teams like Man Utd and Liverpool bringing through great talent.

Lets hold tight to see what will unfold.

See you tomorrow

Mark McCammon