Caldwell: We need to strengthen everywhere

Gary Caldwell, with Yanic Wildschut
Gary Caldwell, with Yanic Wildschut

Wigan Athletic boss Gary Caldwell admits he’s working tirelessly to ‘strengthen everywhere’ in preparation for next season’s return to the Championship.

The town is still basking in the glory of Latics winning the League One title to cap Caldwell’s first full season as a manager.

But the 34-year-old admits he’s already working round-the-clock, and scouring the transfer market, in an attempt to ensure Latics are able to give a far better account of themselves than their previous spell in the second tier.

“I think we’ll need to strengthen everywhere next year,” Caldwell told the Evening Post.

“And we’ve spoken to the players and told them they’ll need to get better.

“I’ve told them they’re all Championship players now, they’ve earned that right.

“But with that comes responsibility, and a standard they have to live up to.

“Over the summer they’ll have to be ready to come back and improve even more.

“I have to be better, my staff has to be better, and we have to add players who are going to make this squad even better than it is.”

The Latics players jetted out to the bright lights of Las Vegas over the weekend, with chairman David Sharpe footing the bill as reward for a magnificent promotion-winning campaign.

Caldwell’s celebrations have been rather more low-key, with him already fully focused on making sure Latics can pick up where they left off next term.

“I’ll get a week away with the kids, but even then I’ll still be on the phone, doing certain things,” the Latics manager added.

“The job is 24/7, even over the summer, and like we did last summer the hard work starts early.

“Making phone calls when you’re on holiday and getting players signed...you remember those moments when the success follows, and how much you’ve had to put in.”