Whelan: The spirit is back at Latics

Dave Whelan

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DAVE Whelan believes the “spirit” is back at Wigan Athletic this season.

The club’s owner believes the side his grandson, chairman David Sharpe, and Gary Caldwell has built is on the right track for promotion.

We are on a really good run at the minute and David, Gary and the boys are really up for it

Dave Whelan

Latics are unbeaten in their last 10 League One outings and will be hoping to make it 11 when they take on Shrewsbury Town this afternoon.

Whelan, as ever, will be in attendance at the DW Stadium - where Wigan are yet to lose in the league this season - and he says he’s looking forward to seeing the “fight” that is back in the team.

“That was lacking last year,” he acknowledged.

“The spirit had gone but you can see it back at Wigan Athletic and it is wonderful to see. Gary is doing a super job.

“Good managers are very difficult to find and he’s doing a fantastic job so far.

“There is still a way to go though, we are nowhere near there yet but we are fighting and we are getting there.

“We are on a really good run at the minute and David, Gary and the boys are really up for it.”

Whelan stepped down from his role as chairman earlier this year and elevated his grandson to the helm.

The 78-year-old had said for a number of years beforehand that it was always his aim for Sharpe to take the reins and he’s delighted with his start.

“I’m very pleased with how my grandson is doing,” said Whelan, who was talking at the opening of the Hop, Skip and Jump charity centre for disabled children at Wigan Youth Zone.

“He has taken the club over and he’s the youngest chairman in the football league.

“He has grasped the opportunity and if things continue like they are - and I’m hoping they will - we could get back into the Championship.

“I really do think we have a great chance this season because we have a great team and they’re fighting to the death at present. They are wonderful to watch.”