Rosler: It was tough to make an impact

Wigan Athletic manager Uwe Rosler
Wigan Athletic manager Uwe Rosler

UWE Rosler says the buzzword at Wigan ahead of next season will be evolution – not revolution.

The German had to hit the ground running at the DW after taking over as Latics boss in mid-season.

With the games coming thick and fast – and Latics still on the promotion trail – it was a case of make-do-and-mend rather than mass overhaul.

Against the odds, Rosler managed to lift the mood of the dressing room, while improving the fitness stats, as well as picking up the results to lift Latics into the play-off picture.

Now, for the first time, Rosler has the chance to run the rule over all aspects of his playing squad and backroom staff.

“I couldn’t really make any impact when I took the job in December,” Rosler told the Evening Post.

“Even in January I couldn’t make a massive impact, apart from bringing in a few loan players.

“It’s very difficult to come in when I did, ahead of the Christmas programme, and not really being prepared for the level we were at having come from League One.

“We had been preparing for completely different targets.

“Now in the summer it is different, although I will not bring in players just for the sake of it.

“When I was at Brentford, I inherited 16/17 players, and the following season I brought in 14/15 new players, which was a massive task.

“What we achieved took us a little bit of time, but I don’t need to do that here.

“Like I have always said, I have a very good squad of players already available to me, but we have to tweak here and there.”

Rosler has already tied Rob Kiernan to a new long-term contract this summer, with Jordi Gomez among those considering an offer.