Coyle set to outline vision for Latics

Owen Coyle
Owen Coyle

OWEN Coyle will today outline his plan to return Wigan Athletic to the Premier League.

The 46-year-old was appointed Wigan’s new manager on Friday evening, after pipping ex-England head coach Steve McClaren to the job.

And he is expected to fulfil his first official duty as Latics chief by holding his maiden press conference at the DW Stadium.

Dave Whelan has charged Coyle with the task of getting Latics back into the top flight within two years, and the Scot spent the weekend formulating a list of transfer targets he would like to bring in to bolster the squad.

Wigan have lost some 10 senior players since the end of last term, with the likes of Antolin Alcaraz, Maynor Figuera and Franco di Santo being joined on the way out by Roman Golobart, who has signed for German outfit Cologne.

And Coyle must move fast to bring in both quantity and quality with Latics facing a minimum of 55 matches next term at home and abroad.

One of his first tasks will also be to try to keep James McCarthy out of the clutches of rival clubs.

The weekend press was full of speculation linking the Ireland midfielder with a move to Tottenham, with Latics reported to be looking for a fee in the region of £20million for their prize asset.

Spurs won’t want to pay the full asking price, but Wigan’s hand is strong given the number of clubs eyeing up the 22-year-old which is understood to include Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal.

Top scorer Arouna Kone has also been strongly linked with a move away from the DW, meaning the next few weeks will be hectic ahead of the big kick-off on Saturday, August 3.

The releasing of the fixtures for the new season on Wednesday morning will merely underline the need to move fast.

And Coyle is anxious to get his recruitment well underway before the players return for pre-season training at the start of next month.