Former Latics and Leeds United captain Stephen Warnock chats to Latics Listen ahead of Sunday's clash at the DW Stadium.
- Catch up with Stephen Warnock as two of his former sides, Latics and Leeds United, get set to go head-to-head in the Sky Bet Championship.
- Ex-Latics and Leeds captain discusses the latest goings on in the division and takes a look at how both teams have started the campaign.
- Warnock joined us on episode 13 of the official Wigan Athletic podcast, Latics Listen.
Speaking on the latest episode of Latics Listen, the official club podcast, former captain Stephen Warnock gave us his insight into the Sky Bet Championship and how both of his former clubs, Latics and Leeds United, have started their respective campaigns.
Listen to Stephen below, or read an excerpt from his chat with Guy Clarke.
“I think they’ve been brilliant. If you look at the way they’ve attacked the league there’s no fear element or going into a shell and seeing how they can get through games, they’ve really gone after teams and shown them what they’re about.
SW on the Championship
“It’s a competitive league and we all know the rewards of going up so that’s why there’s so many owners now spending lots of money to get the best players they can to try and go up.
“Having said that though you only have to look at Latics and Blackburn who have both built squads, especially in League One, that were geared to compete in the Championship, so they’ve both made it equally as tough within this league.
“It’s a brilliant competition and when you watch it from the outside you understand how competitive it is, but when you actually play in it you know it’s tough but you’re stood there sometimes knowing anyone can beat anyone. This season that is more apparent than ever and you could look at the top 12 to 14 teams and say that anyone of those could get promoted.
“You’d look at it a couple of years ago though and know there’d be six teams who would finish in and around the top places, but this season apart from Middlesbrough, who I think will end up winning the league, you’re looking from there downwards at anything happening.
“It’s a brilliant club that is so well supported both home and away. There is an expectation that comes with playing for the club, and that can often weigh heavy on the players which I guess is just natural when you’re talking about expectation.
“With Bielsa in charge I think he’s quite good at grounding his players and takes a lot of the pressure off them, but again as much as I love Leeds I look at the squad and think are they strong enough?
“They’re losing a lot of their players to injury at this moment in time and whether that’s down to the training regime, which I hear is seven days a week with not much rest and break time in between.
“He hasn’t actually won anything in his last 10-15 years as a manager either. He’s got a great philosophy on football but as well know the Championship is a different breed."
“I thought I’d really miss the football side of things but this has given me a completely different dynamic and is something I’m really enjoying. It can’t be bad talking about football for a living!"