Rosler: Hands off my star players

Latics are determined to hold on to key men like James McArthur as they prepare for next season

Latics are determined to hold on to key men like James McArthur as they prepare for next season

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UWE Rosler has promised Wigan Athletic will not be asset-stripped this summer following their failure to win promotion.

The transfer merry-go-round has already kicked off, with James McArthur apparently being lined up by newly-promoted Burnley.

While accepting that he will have to streamline his squad over the close season, Rosler says none of his prize assets will be sacrificed to balance the books.

“The good thing – and my chairman has been very strong about this – is that we don’t need to sell any players,” Rosler told the Evening Post.

“I had several meetings last week with my chairman – very positive meetings.

“And I was very happy with what he had to say with regards going forward.

“Never once did he intimate to me the need to sell anyone – quite the opposite.

“He wants us to be even more competitive in certain areas.

“Clearly every player at every football club has his price, but our players are under contract.

“I don’t think certain clubs would be able to afford them – unless we got the kind of offer we got for James McCarthy, which obviously any club would have to consider.”

Rosler expects to lose some of his playing roster from last term with Jordi Gomez, Jean Beausejour, Gary Caldwell, Mike Pollitt and Stephen Crainey all out of contract.

New deals have been offered to some of the quintet, including Gomez, and Rosler hopes to discover sooner rather than later whether they have been accepted.

With his own recruitment drive well underway, Rosler is confident Latics will be there or thereabouts next term.

“We will be very competitive next year,” Rosler recognised. “We will be investing in our playing and coaching staff, and I think it’s important to keep working on changing the culture at the football club.

“The players have been fantastic since I have been here, and there’s nothing more pleasing for a manager to see than for his players to be putting in overtime effort for you.

“The QPR tie showed what we are all about. We never gave up, and the least we deserved was a penalty shoot-out.

“I think the players can hold their heads high in the knowledge that from December they gave me everything they had.

“We have already come a long way, but there is still a long way to go.”