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18 September 2015

Gary looks ahead to Fleetwood clash.

  • Gary Caldwell previews Sky Bet League One clash with Fleetwood.
  • Caldwell looking forward to meeting former Scotland team mate Alexander.
  • Overwhelming support for Juan Carlos Garcia ahead of the match.
Speaking to Latics PlayerHD at Christopher Park ahead of Latics’ Sky Bet League One clash with Fleetwood Town on Saturday 19 September, manager Gary Caldwell took time to discuss; Latics’ home form, the defeat at Port Vale, team news, Graham Alexander and the overwhelming support received for Juan Carlos Garcia.


“The support we’ve had for Juan Carlos is phenomenal.

“In football you live in a bubble, you concern yourself with training and winning games, but the real world is more important and it’s been tragic what has happened to Juan.  The whole club are thinking about him, giving their support to him and hoping that he gets better quickly.

“He's got a young family, and our Player Liaison, Karen, has been excellent in helping Juan Carlos during a very tough time.

“He’s been really ill this week after having his stem cell treatment.  I text him during the week and he text me back wishing all the best to the boys, and I think that shows what a character he is and hopefully we can have a good day and the club can show it’s support and we can get a win for him.

“When something like this happens to somebody so fit and so young, it brings football into perspective and you realise what is really important in life.”


Michael Jacobs celebrating in Latics' home win against Crewe.

“It’s good to be back home this weekend.  The first away game was exciting, but the second one was disappointing.

“We’ve had a great start at home and the form is something we wanted to change from last season, we’ve started in a really positive manner and we want to continue that.

“It’s a very good turn around compared to last season, but it’s a different team all together so they’re not affected by last year’s form, and the supporters are right behind this group of players.

“The home form is going to be vital, so we want to get another good result on Saturday.”


Leon Barnett's equaliser not enough for Latics at Vale Park.

“The lads were massively disappointed after last weekend.

“I thought we were poor, we had to change shape and I tried to simplify the game a little bit.  I thought that the 3-4-3 should have worked, but we were so poor in possession that I had to try and change something to help them.

“But when we got back into the game at 2-1 I turned to Graham (Barrow) and said ‘we’ll win this here’, I thought we were on the front foot, I could see the similar signs to Chesterfield and we had chances to go 3-2 up.

“We couldn’t do that, we got a bit open and left ourselves exposed and got punished.  That’s football, when you’re chasing a game at 2-0 down you’re going to have incidents like Barney (Leon Barnett) getting sent off the way he did, that’s why we can’t afford to keep going 2-0 behind.”


Haris Vuckic receiving treatment at Vale Park.

“It’s an ankle injury (for Haris), we thought at the time it was a twist and a ligament injury, but it’s not as bad as that.  It came from a kick to the ankle and there was a lot of swelling, but hopefully he won’t be out for too long and he could be joining back in with training sometime next week.

“Francisco (Junior) has been back training, he won’t be ready for the squad, but he’s been doing well.

“Sean Murray’s been back in training as well and should be available for the squad.

“Obviously we’re missing Barney this weekend through suspension, but we’ve got some good young defenders at the club like Jack Hendry and Adam Anson who I have every faith in if they’re called upon.”


“Graham (Alexander) was someone I played with for Scotland, he had a tremendous time with the national squad in terms of caps towards the end of his career, he managed to make around 40 appearances, which the quality he had as a footballer deserved.

“Every time I saw him play I thought to myself, he should have played in the Premier League for his whole career. Graham was a great footballer, a great guy to have around and a really honest professional.

“To play the amount of games he did takes tremendous dedication.  He’s somebody I looked up to as a player and he’s somebody I look up to now as a manager, it’ll be good to see him on Saturday.”

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