Wigan Athletic forward reflects on the end of an era as the Whelan family’s last game as the club’s owners ends in defeat to Leeds United.
- WATCH: Callum McManaman on Wigan Athletic’s defeat to Leeds United in the Whelan family’s last game as the club’s owners
- McManaman is an academy graduate of the Whelan era and enjoyed his finest day in sync with Dave Whelan at Wembley as Latics lifted the FA Cup in 2013
- McManaman: “It was a massive day; I have been up after the game to see all of the Whelan Family and pass our regards on and say thanks for everything.”
Wigan Athletic forward Callum McManaman said the Whelan family have been a massive influence on his career after their final game as the club’s owners on Sunday afternoon.
Latics went down 2-1 to Leeds United at the DW Stadium and, reflecting post-match, McManaman says it’s been a special era.
“It was a massive day,” McManaman said. “I have been up after the game to see all of the Whelan family and pass our regards on and say thanks for everything.
“They have been massive for me; David was brilliant in the summer saying he wanted to bring me home.
“There are so many memories and everyone will remember the 23 years that they have had; moving from the Third Division to the Premier League and winning the trophies they have along the way is unbelievable when you think about it.”
On the match itself, McManaman was disappointed Latics couldn’t at least grab a point, which he almost earned them after coming on as a second-half substitute.
“Leeds are a good side,” McManaman said. “Probably the best we have played, but I think it is at least a point dropped having been 1-0 up.
“I did well to turn their defender for my chance and get a yard in the box but with the angle I had to try and put it in the top corner and with putting pace on it I overhit it a little bit.”
And McManaman says it’s the finest of margins that have made Latics pointless in their last three games.
“We were just talking in there saying we haven’t deserved to lose our last three but we don’t want to become that team that is unlucky all the time; we need to start turning defeats into draws,” he added.
“I think we have either won or lost in most games this season, so if we had nicked a few draws away and in games like today then we’d be in the play-offs. It’s fine margins.”