We catch up with manager Gary Caldwell who gives us an update on the continuing work at Euxton and also on player recruitment.
- “Hopefully something to announce soon.” - Caldwell on incomings.
- Gary discusses developments at Euxton training facility.
- Boss talks of pride in receiving LMA League One Manager of the Year award.
Caldwell and Sharpe have both stressed this summer’s transfer activity at Latics will be heavily reduced from the previous two seasons, though they both feel some additions are required ahead of a step up to the Sky Bet Championship.
In a catch up with Latics PlayerHD this week, Caldwell said:
“We’re working hard on two or three different things; we’re trying to sign players that we had here already and were out of contract.
“Myself and the chairman are working hard on it and hopefully in the next week or so we’ll have different things that we can announce to the fans.”
The other half of Caldwell’s time has been spent overseeing the developments at Euxton as Latics complete their move to their new training ground this summer.
And, though conceding it’s a huge project that continues to progress further up the M6, Caldwell admits he’s confident that the facility will be in impressive state for the players when they return for pre-season.
“It doesn’t stop for the management and the staff even though the players are away enjoying themselves, resting and getting ready for a new season,” he continued.
“As a manager and staff we have to prepare for next season and make sure that everything is in place so that when the players come back we’re ready to go again.
“It’s coming along at Euxton; there’s still a lot of work to do and it’s a big project but there has been painting and decorating done and the pitches have been worked on – they just need time to grow.
“When it does come to fruition and the players come back for pre-season they’ll be pretty pleased with what they see because it’s a fantastic facility.”
In the middle of all the natural transfer and off-field talk that surrounds the close season, Caldwell took a brief break to receive the LMA Manager of the Year award for League One, as voted for by fellow managers in the third tier.
“I was a little bit surprised when I got the call but delighted nonetheless to receive an award from the manager’s in the league in my first full season,” Caldwell added.
“To get the award from the other managers, who I have so much respect for, was great.
“I think it’s a reward not just for me but for my whole staff and everyone at the football club for the hard work we have put in over the last year.”