Coyle promises fan-pleasing football

Owen Coyle and Dave Whelan
Owen Coyle and Dave Whelan

OWEN Coyle has promised Wigan Athletic supporters a feast of football next term.

The 46-year-old has been charged with the task of restoring Wigan’s Premier League status after the departure of Roberto Martinez.

And he intends to do that by remaining true to his attacking principles.

“Wigan Athletic have always been very pleasing on the eye, and that fits in with my philosophy,” Coyle told the Evening Post.

“I want the playing surface to be as nice as possible because I want my team to move the ball across the grass.

“I love my wingers, and I’ve always played that way. The best thing in football is seeing the ball smash the back of the net, but the second best thing is seeing a winger take on a full back because you know something exciting is going to happen.

“As much as we want to win games, we also have an obligation to please the fans because they are working hard all week and pay good pay money to come and watch a football club.

“It’s important we are representative of them, and play in a style that is befitting of Wigan Athletic.

“It’s not rocket science to know we have to improve defensively and bolster the back line over the summer, but there are a lot of football technicians here at Wigan and I intend to use them.”