Caldwell: We’ll not stretch ourselves

Gary Caldwell
Gary Caldwell

Gary Caldwell insists Wigan Athletic will continue to cut their cloth accordingly as they prepare for a new challenge in the Championship.

Latics won back their place in the second tier at the first attempt, picking up the League One title in the process following a marvellous campaign.

They’ll find it significantly tougher next term with so many massive clubs fighting to achieve promotion to the Premier League.

But Caldwell says Latics will once again work to a budget in keeping with their incomings, and not be tempted to stretch themselves in search of the riches of the Premier League.

“I’m fortunate in that I’ve got a fantastic squad to work with,” Caldwell told the Evening Post.

“It was a very difficult job last summer to get rid of so many players so we could stick within our budget. But we did stick within our budget.

“We are allowed to spend money, and we are allowed to be successful doing that.

And Caldwell is not expecting to be anywhere near as busy as 12 months ago, when he was forced to bring in a completely new playing squad having offloaded the players that suffered relegation.

“When you get success, the good thing is people want your players,” the Latics boss acknowledged.

“You don’t need to get rid of them – you have to add to them and make sure the group is stronger

“Last year, when you have failure, then that is far more difficult – you have to make drastic changes.

“This year won’t be anywhere near as drastic.

“But we still have to continually add quality to an already talented group of players.

“I started weeks ago, in terms of identifying players I wanted to bring in to the club.

“The training ground is obviously something we have to do a lot of work on, but we’ve already started that process.

“The week-to-week stuff has obviously been going well, but we also have to plan for the future as well.”