MALKY MACKAY LOOKS BACK ON BUSY WEEK AHEAD OF AFC BOURNEMOUTH CLASH
6 February 2015
Read Malky Mackay's Friday preview ahead of visit of Sky Bet Championship leaders AFC Bournemouth.
Manager reflects on how the transfer window has shaped his squad.
Malky talks about Kim Bo-Kyung and Leon Clarke additions.
Signings won’t affect how the Scot looks at Latics youngsters.
Malky on the transfer window…
“With the transfer window closing on Monday, there has been a lot of attention on ins and outs and last week there was a lot of players leaving the club but over the weekend we managed to get some players into the club.
“It is a change in face at the football club in terms of the squad and out there on the training pitch it looks a lot different but it’s good to see the new guys integrating and settling into the club so we’re starting to shape the squad slightly differently.
“At the end of the week, though, the preparation is still all about the Bournemouth game.”
On weather and training…
“The weather has been particularly cold, in terms of the frost, and I have to say our ground staff have worked really hard and great credit to them for getting us areas in which we could train this week.
“As a result of that, we could get out there and train properly and prepare well for the Bournemouth game because it’s a tough game, we’ve got the league leaders coming, I know what’s in front of us and they’ve got a good team so we’ve got to make sure we go and match them but we did that last week against Ipswich.”
On taking confidence from Ipswich draw into the weekend…
“The boys should take confidence from that Ipswich game; there were two or three new faces in last week’s team and I thought the lads were terrific, I thought they matched Ipswich in every department, especially when you consider they’re sitting with the best home record in the league.
“We’ve got another similar test, albeit at home, against a team with a very good record.”
On some of his new signings…
“With the amount of players that have gone out - eight permanent departures, three also on loan and seven coming in - add to that the couple of niggles we have, then it’s still a tight squad.
“I’m delighted to get all the players in the building; we’ve obviously touched on Chris Herd and Billy Mckay, we also brought in Leon Clarke on deadline day who is a forward who will score goals in this division as a presence up top and certainly at the moment that’s something we need.
“Kim Bo-Kyung comes in as a free agent as someone that I worked closely with at my previous club so, that being the case, I know what I can get from him and the quality of him in that he is a South Korean international footballer who played in the World Cup and played Premier League football as well as winning the Championship so he’s someone that knows the division well and brings another bit of quality into the club so I’m delighted to have got him.”
On young players…
"It’ll be week-to-week with the young lads, Sam Cosgrove has been around the first team squad now for a few weeks and we’ve brought in a few lads around the group as well in Jordan Flores, Matty Hamilton,
Joey Johnson and Josh Gregory as well and this is because they’re doing well in the development squad and they’ve been out with us because that helps them with understanding how things work.
“They’re the future of Wigan Athletic coming through and I certainly won’t have an issue bringing them into the squad and when I decide that they’re ready, they’ll play.”