“I want to make sure we all have success together.” – Malky Mackay.A week into his new role as manager of Wigan Athletic, Malky Mackay took time to speak to the local press and wiganathletic.com about his first seven days in charge and what he expects moving forwards.
His time as manager began with Saturday’s 1-1 draw at home to Middlesbrough, something he believes is an encouraging start, despite only having a short period of time to prepare.
“It’s nice to draw breath right now because last week was very hectic,” said Mackay.
“It was especially on Thursday and Friday trying to tweak certain things to make preparations just how we wanted them. For that I’ve got to thank Eric Black and Graham Barrow.
“There will be gradual changes in terms of the way I like the team to run week-to-week and what makes that easier is the fact that I’ve inherited good staff which doesn’t always happen at a new club.”
“I’ve been met by a very warm reception at the club,” Mackay continued.
“The staff have been excellent, both here at the training ground and over at the stadium. They care deeply for Wigan Athletic and as manager I want to make sure we all have success together, creating a good working environment in order to bring success to our supporters.”
With Latics currently 23rd in the Sky Bet Championship, the 42-year-old went on to explain how the team must respect the division in order to climb up the table.
“You’ve got to respect this division, first and foremost we’re going out to win games to get away from the relegation zone because that’s where we are at the moment.
“If we play like we did on Saturday consistently over the course of the season we’re going to win more games than we’ll lose.
“Middlesbrough are a very good team, third in the league and certainly one of the most confident teams in the division right now, so to get a result against them will breed confidence in ourselves.”
Focusing on his group of players, Mackay continued:
“We’ve got a good group of players, I thought that from afar, but I’m even more impressed now I’ve seen them up close and personal.
“They know that they’ve underachieved so far this season, so it’s about making sure there’s confidence and belief here.
“The most important thing is to make sure there’s self-belief because I certainly believe in the players.
“It’s about applying that belief consistently, that’s what helps teams rise up the league and stay at the top.”