Malky Mackay looks ahead to Ipswich clash and discusses the week’s news.
- “We’re working hard to reshape the squad for the good of the club.” – Malky Mackay.
- Billy Mckay and Jason Pearce excellent additions.
- Four young players to travel with the squad.
“It’s been a really busy week for us, but I think it’s clear to see there’s a plan in place for us to reshape the squad,” said Mackay.
“Myself, Jonathan Jackson, Matt Jackson and David Sharpe have been in close discussions all week in terms of players leaving the club and players coming in.
“It’s about reshaping the face of the club and that’s something which is an ongoing process.”
On the departures of Adam Forshaw, Callum McManaman and Ivan Ramis this week, Mackay added:
“There have been players who have left the club this week and they’re all for reasons. That will be the same case when players come in to make sure we get what’s best for the football club.
“It’s a necessary job and something which I was well aware of when I arrived at the club. I knew where the squad was at in terms of its size and certain players’ contracts, so it’s been an ongoing process which has been worked on by a number of people to make sure things are done in the right way for the football club.
“Reshaping the squad and bringing players in has to be beneficial to us financially, but more importantly those decisions have to be good for the football club in terms of the success going forwards.
“It’s paramount that we find players who are going to be successful for Wigan Athletic.”
With a total of seven players leaving the club this month, whether on loan or permanent, Mackay admitted spaces have opened up for younger players to be given valuable experience.
“We’ve got four young players coming with us this weekend as a result of some of the outgoings; Matty Hamilton, Jordan Flores, Sam Cosgrove and Josh Gregory will all be travelling.
“It’s also testament to how hard those four players have been working this season.
“It’s a great chance for them to be in and around the first team squad, it will be great for their experience and there will certainly be a couple of them who make the bench.”
Praising the work carried out at the Academy, Mackay continued:
“There’s a really good structure in place by Gregor Rioch and his staff, there are some excellent coaches working with the boys.
“Joe Parkinson and Peter Atherton have put some great discipline into the Development Squad and Under 18s. They’re demanding a lot from the players and that has to be the case to make sure we’re putting on the best training sessions.
“All of our coaches are enthusiastic, professional and desperately want to do well for this football club. That’s at all levels to make sure that kids want come here and be attracted here knowing there is a route through to the first team.”
Focusing on the task in hand against Ipswich, Mackay said he knows exactly what to expect from Mick McCarthy’s side.
“I know Mick really well and his teams are always difficult to play against.
“He’s done really well at Ipswich, they’re a tough, uncompromising team who have plenty of experience and plenty of goals in them.
“Portman Road’s never an easy place to go and certainly at the moment, but I always enjoy going there and so will the lads. It’s a good stadium, good atmosphere and a good pitch and we’re really looking forward to the challenge.
“We’ve pretty much got a fully fit squad, there are a couple of knocks and bruises, but in the main we’re fine and we’re in good shape heading down there.”