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GARY CALDWELL PREVIEWS TRIP TO COVENTRY CITY

7 August 2015

Latics boss looks ahead to 2015-16 Sky Bet League One opener.

  • Watch Caldwell’s full Coventry City preview on LaticsPlayerHD and YouTube.
  • Manager announces that Craig Morgan and Jason Pearce will fulfil captain and vice-captain roles respectively.
  • Scot excited to come up against former Hibs and Celtic boss Tony Mowbray.



Caldwell on build up…

I’m really excited, it’s been a long pre-season and you can feel the buzz and the excitement around the training ground – everyone is ready.

The dynamic of the club feels totally different, the dynamic within the changing room is totally different, it does feel like a new start because they haven’t played a competitive game yet.

Last week against Blackburn was a great test in terms of the intensity of the game and the standard of opposition. I thought they did well, they’re ready for the season to start and eager to get going.

Caldwell on new club captain Craig Morgan…

Craig Morgan will be the new club captain; he’s somebody I didn’t know before he arrived here, I’d played against him and seen him throughout my career but I only met him for the first time in the summer and straight away I saw a leader who I really wanted to bring to the club and we worked very hard to do that. Since he’s been here, he’s proved me right, he’s been excellent in terms of his application to training, his manner about the place and the way he speaks to other players.

Caldwell on Jason Pearce…

Pearcey [Jason Pearce] will be the vice-captain and he’ll assist Craig because, again, he’s a great character. I’ll be relying heavily on them two to set the standards in the dressing room.

Jason is back full training with the group, he got injured probably because of that character because he kept pushing himself when he should have just come off.

I knew he would work hard, he would do what the physios told him and that he would get back quicker and that has proved to be the case.

He’s in the squad for the game tomorrow and it’s good to have him back, he’s a good guy to have on the training pitch and available for selection.

Caldwell on leadership…

Although it’s a young group, there’s a lot of players that stand up and be counted and, I have to say, the real togetherness of the group has pleased me from very early on in pre-season and that will continue to grow.

Morgs is the captain and he’ll wear the armband but we’re going to need everyone to stand up and be counted.

Caldwell on Coventry City and coming up against former manager Tony Mowbray…

It’s a club I was at many years ago on loan at Highfield Road, it’s strange coming up against Tony Mowbray too who is someone who had a big influence on me as a young player at Hibs and again at Celtic.

I’ve spoken to Gregor Rioch [Latics academy manager who used to do the same role with the Sky Blues] about Coventry because they have a lot of his lads in the team, and we’re as prepared as we can be about the game.

Caldwell on travelling support which is expected to be over 2,000 fans…

This club and the fans never cease to amaze me; it’s the first game of the season, we’re in League One and I was a bit unsure what sort of backing we’d get but I hear it’s going to be over 2,000 fans going to the Ricoh Arena from Wigan and that’s amazing, it will give the players a boost and we’re going to need that from now until the very end of the season.

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