JONATHAN Jackson believes Wigan Athletic will be a stronger force next term with ‘the right man’ at the helm.
Latics finished their 62-game campaign agonisingly short of reaching their overall goals, bowing out of both the FA Cup and the play-offs at the semi-final stage. After a sluggish start, the season picked up considerably following the December arrival of Uwe Rosler. And Jackson feels the future for Latics remains bright with the German at the helm.
“It’s been an historic year what with the European campaign, and it got even better since Uwe arrived at the club,.
“Uwe has done a fantastic job since he’s been here – better than anyone could ever have expected.
“He inherited a group of players and got them playing so well, and turned the whole club around.It finished in disappointment, and to go so close is disappointing. But now, when we come to reflect on the season, we’ll regard it as a success and something we can build on.
“We know we’ve got the right man in charge, and we’re all confident of going one better next season.”
Rosler’s brief after taking charge was to get Latics promoted within 18 months – a target that was very nearly achieved 12 months ahead of schedule.
And Jackson believes there is a ‘solid foundation’ for Latics to go one better and regain their place in the top flight next term. “We’ve all enjoyed the season as a whole, and as Gary Caldwell said to me in the dressing room at QPR, ‘Next season starts now’,” revealed Jackson.
“That has to be the motto, and with Uwe as our manager we are already looking at what we’re going to do next.
“It would have been a bonus had we managed to win promotion his season, after the start we had. But this is a solid foundation on which to build, and make sure we make it to the Premier League next year.”