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8 April 2015

Sharpe tells Latics Player that Gary Caldwell is the man to take the club forwards

  • Chairman outlines reasoning behind Caldwell appointment.
  • “Gary is the man to take us forward.” – Sharpe.
  • Important for fans to get behind Gary, starting at Fulham.
Latics chairman David Sharpe spoke exclusively to Latics Player ahead of Wednesday’s unveiling of Gary Caldwell as the new Wigan Athletic manager.

And Sharpe, who has appointed the former Scotland international on a permanent deal, explained that a chat with Caldwell following Easter Monday’s 2-0 defeat to Derby County impressed him immediately.

“I spent a good few hours with Gary and straight away he was saying all the right things and I was very impressed with everything that he said; he is the man to take us forward,” Sharpe explained.

“This is very much a long-term appointment, this isn’t until the end of the season, I’m not judging Gary on the next five games, I’m judging him in the long-term and he’s determined to prove why we want him so badly.

“It’s a bit of a free-hit for Gary in that he’s got nothing to lose, we’re eight points adrift, if he keeps us up it will be a miracle but you never know in football.”

Sharpe says the fact that Caldwell has five years’ experience as a Wigan Athletic player, in which time he has displayed immense leadership qualities, also proved pivotal in the decision.

“He’s a leader, he’s been the club captain, he knows the club inside out, he’s one of our own and that’s important in the thinking when you’re appointing a manager” he continued.

“He knows how we work, he’s a very hard-working man, his work ethic is unbelievable – one of the best I’ve seen – so straight away he appealed to me.

“We spoke about philosophies and how Gary wants to play the game, where he wants to take us and we want to go back to the Wigan way, the way we played under Roberto Martinez with a certain system and attractive football and that’s what we know, enjoy and will get success with.”

And the Chairman has now implored fans to support the new manager, starting with Friday’s trip to Craven Cottage to face Fulham.

“We’ve put free coaches on to Fulham and I’m just asking for the fans to get behind him, we need to get back to the good times again.”

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