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28 April 2015

Chairman David Sharpe aims for immediate promotion next season after Latics’ fate confirmed.

  • Wigan Athletic relegated to Sky Bet League One following result at Rotherham.
  • "Our target is immediate promotion" – Wigan Athletic Chairman David Sharpe.
  • "We have the right management team in place to rebuild" – Sharpe.
Wigan Athletic Chairman David Sharpe wants the club to bounce back to the Sky Bet Championship at the first attempt after tonight’s result between Rotherham United and Reading confirmed Latics will be a League One side next season.

Whatever the result in the final match of the season at Brentford on Saturday, Latics will now finish the 2014-15 Sky Bet Championship season in the bottom three and, immediately after the result from The AESSEAL New York Stadium was confirmed, Sharpe said:

“It’s a sad day for everyone associated with Wigan Athletic but we will bounce back, I want that to be the main message to our fans tonight.

“Our only target next season is promotion, nothing else will suffice and the job of rebuilding the club is already well under way under Gary Caldwell and his staff. 

“Football is full of examples of clubs who have come back stronger after relegation and I want us to be the latest one of those

“We have an amazing opportunity to start afresh and begin an exciting new era for the club. 

“Earlier this month, we made the change to appoint Gary and establish our new recruitment department and we can already see the changes taking root.

“The style of football we have played in these last four games is a pointer to the future and, despite the news tonight, there is a sense of optimism around the place that we have the right people in place to take this club back to where we want to be, with the right football philosophy, a determination to build a thriving academy and the backing of our great supporters.

“At Wigan Athletic we believe. So let’s dust ourselves down and be ready for the challenge of getting this club promoted at the first attempt.” 

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