Under 18s coach Peter Atherton ahead of clash between two clubs with special places in his heart.
- Wigan and Sheffield Wednesday have special places for Atherton.
- "Variety of team mates have helped me to learn." - Atherton.
- Fantastic experiences at Hillsborough.
Speaking in the build-up to Latics’ Sky Bet Championship clash with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on Saturday, Under 18s coach Peter Atherton gave us an insight into his time with the Owls, as well as how playing for both clubs has impacted on his current role at Christopher Park.
“I really enjoyed my time at Sheffield Wednesday,” said the former defender, who made over 300 appearances combined during his time with Latics and Wednesday.
“Going from my hometown club here to Coventry City and then to Sheffield Wednesday was a big step for me.
“Hillsborough is a massive stadium and they were flying high in the Premier League at the time with plenty of international players; it really was a fantastic experience.
“I’ve got very fond memories and the club certainly has a special place in my heart along with Wigan of course.”
During his time in Sheffield from 1994-2000, Atherton played alongside a host of household names, something which he says has helped him to develop into the coach he is now:
“Playing alongside the likes of Chris Waddle, Chris Woods and John Sheridan was a great way to develop my game, they were top players.
“There was a broad spectrum of top players across the six years I was there, names like Wim Jonk, Paolo Di Canio, Benito Carbone. Blending those types of players with the British based players certainly helped everyone learn new things about playing football.
“I was captain at the time, so as manager’s changed and brought in new players I had to learn all about the new characters coming in, but that was part of my developing as a player.
“It’s helped me in my current role because I’ve seen the different cultures involved in football.
“I’ve learned that not every player is the same, some need a telling off to put them on the right track and others need an arm around them, we’re all different.”
Watch out for an extended chat with Peter about the Under 18s on Monday as he discusses the development of young players at the club, including the team’s outstanding nine-game winning streak.