Former Latics and Toffees midfielder Kevin Langley shares his thoughts ahead of tomorrow’s game and lets us know about his current role at Wigan Athletic.
“I can’t wait for the game” were the first words out of Kevin Langley’s mouth but, regrettably for himself he won’t actually be there, explaining:
“It’s going to be an exciting game but sadly for me I can’t make it to the match because I’m at a wedding.
“I’ll be keeping track on the score though and hopefully we can get through so I can go and watch them at Wembley in the semi-finals.”
Langley, who still holds the record for the most club appearances for Latics spent the 1986/87 season with title winners Everton but holds his allegiance for the game firmly with Wigan Athletic.
“I look out for the results of all my former teams but my main focus is Wigan Athletic because I was there the longest, I’m working with the academy and obviously my son Josh is playing for the Under 21s.
“It’ll be a challenge tomorrow at Goodison because they’ll have a very strong team out and it will be the toughest game for us yet but, we’ll have a good team too and we’ll have a good following which has already helped in the FA Cup this year.
“I think it will be a score draw and then we’ll bring them back to the DW Stadium and then we’ve got every chance of getting through.”
The 48-year-old added that the incentive to do well in the FA Cup has different meanings for both teams, saying:
“For Roberto he wants his team to stay in the Premier League as well as represent themselves in the right way in the cup.
“So far it’s been a good competition for the club because the performances have been really good and have had a benefit on league games afterwards and of course success in a cup would be brilliant.
“For Everton and David Moyes though, I think they’re really looking to win it because their fans seem desperate for a trophy.”
Kevin’s son Josh currently plays for Latics’ Under 21 team and his Dad said he’s delighted that players from that team have been given the nod in the FA Cup this season.
“It’s been a young side that’s been playing through the majority of games and some of the Under 21 lads have been given a chance to play and be on the bench which shows the progression of the club.
“Roberto has always said since he came in that he would give chances to the younger players and it gives all the players in the 21s a great incentive to work hard and be a part of things.”
Langley’s two spells at the club has been followed up with a third and he is currently coach for the Under 14s academy team.
The former Birmingham City player said there seems to be a draw to the club that makes former players like him want to return.
“When I was at Birmingham before I came back to Latics I was told there was a bid for me and I jumped at the chance to go back to Springfield Park because I had such good times the first time round.
“It’s always been a family club and everyone seems to love their time with Latics.
“It’s great to have even more ex-players associated with the academy and of course John (Doolan) and Joe (Parkinson) are working with the Under 18s and doing a really good job.
“The experience that players like that have had at the club itself is vital because they can tell the young lads how important it is to work hard.
“They can teach them what the club wants and the way the club works which is a big bonus to add on to being a good coach.”