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12 August 2016

Caldwell looking to get season ‘up and running’ against Rovers.

  • Gary Caldwell looks ahead to meeting with former boss Owen Coyle.
  • Latics host Blackburn Rovers in first home game of 2016/17.
  • Caldwell discusses home support and potential incomings next week.
Speaking to Latics PlayerHD ahead of the first home game of the season on Saturday against Blackburn Rovers, Latics’ boss Gary Caldwell said he’s excited to return to the DW Stadium, a venue which gave his side the momentum to win the Sky Bet League One title in 2015/16.


“It’s always nice to play at home with your fans behind you as they did all of last season.

“It’s our first match back at the DW competitively since Barnsley in May and I’m sure the fans are looking forward to being back in the Championship and to see our season get up and running.

“All of our home games are important and the club selling the season cards at the price they have allows supporters to get behind us for great value.

“We need their support; last year our performance levels increased as their backing increased, so we need them to be as much a part of it as ever to gain the momentum we need.”


“Owen (Coyle) will put out a very hard working team who will come and attack and try to win the game.

“I never played under Owen but he was great with me at a time when my injuries were taking their toll.  He had an unfortunate circumstance taking over a team that had just been relegated and it proved to be difficult.

“He’s a proven manager at this level and higher, so we understand it’s going to be a challenge.”


“We haven’t got any fresh injuries thankfully, but we do still have the long term injuries to Andy (Kellett), Reece (James) and Kyle (Knoyle) that are out of our control.

“Everyone has recovered from Tuesday night and the group from Saturday have all trained and everyone is ready and available.”


“I think we’ll be closer to bringing in players to strengthen the squad early next week.

“We’ll have new faces and we need them because you could see on Tuesday when we tried to rest players it was Academy players coming up.

“That’s great for the club, but going up against a long Championship season we need more depth to the squad.

“We need seasoned campaigners who know what it takes to play in the Championship and I’m sure the club will provide that for us next week to give the squad a bit more depth.

“Clubs are quite within their rights to come in for our players and I think as a whole the transfer window will go crazy in the next couple of weeks.

“We just have to be prepared for anything and be ready to react.

“I always look long term when bringing players into the club and try to build a squad that I believe throughout the course of the season will bring success.

“Whether we win on Saturday or lose it’s not going to change my thinking.  I know the players I’ve got, I know the players I can trust and rely on, so I think it’s those players who need help in terms of the depth to the squad.”

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