PAUL Scharner has spoken of his burning ambition to leave a lasting legacy at Latics – by guiding them to their first appearance at the ‘new’ Wembley.
Wigan are just 90 minutes from an appearance at the London venue following their 4-1 FA Cup win over Huddersfield on Sunday.
With the current format, Latics would only need to get to the semi-final to make an appearance at the iconic stadium.
And Scharner admits a trip to Wembley would be the perfect way to sign off from Wigan for a second time.
“At this stage of the cup, everybody should just enjoy the moment because we are only one game away from a Wembley semi-final now, and obviously then it’s only 90 minutes to the final,” he acknowledged.
Scharner and Mike Pollitt, who has been ruled out for the campaign with a ruptured thigh, are the only two survivors from Wigan’s only previous major cup final appearance – the 2006 Carling Cup defeat to Manchester United.
“I remember very well getting to the final of the Carling Cup back in 2006 in my first year with Wigan,” he said.
“The game was played at the Millennium Stadium down in Cardiff,
From which was okay I suppose but it wasn’t Wembley Stadium.
“Everyone wants to play at Wembley whether you are from England or overseas, and it is a big target for me this year.
“Wherever you go in the world, everyone knows about Wembley Stadium - and it would be a dream for me to play there for Wigan Athletic.”
The last time played at Wembley, there was plenty of drama and, eventually, heartbreak as they lost 3-2 to Gillingham after extra time in the 2000 division two final.
Scharner can have had few complaints with Wigan’s performance to reach the last eight though, which he admits could not have gone much better.
“A lot of people thought we might struggle at Huddersfield, but I was absolutely satisfied with the way we played,” he added.
“We started very brightly, scored two good goals and, although we struggled a bit in the second half, it was a clear win in the end.
“It was very important for us to play our possession game and not allow them into the game.
“If you drop your standards even a little than you are struggling, but we managed to play our football on a difficult pitch and the result was fantastic.”