THE BOYCE COLUMN - Mackay is the right man for us

Malky Mackay watches over Mar-Antoine Fortune and Emmerson Boyce in training
Malky Mackay watches over Mar-Antoine Fortune and Emmerson Boyce in training

IT’S certainly been an eventful week at Wigan Athletic. A lot can happen in seven days , and that’s been the case here.

The old manager left and the new manager has come in, and it’s a fresh start for everyone.

As players you go through this kind of thing more and more as you get older, but it’s part and parcel of the game.

A manager’s job is getting harder all the time, a few bad results and you’re looking over your shoulder.

It worked out for Uwe Rosler at the beginning, but obviously the results didn’t got for him at the end.

It’s disappointing when anyone loses their job, but we’ve got a new manager now and we have to look to the future.

All you can do as players is focus on the next game, and we’re desperate for a good result and hopefully get him off to a good start.

It’s a new era under Malky Mackay, he’s come in with his new ideas and he’s got to try and get things over as quickly as possible.

I think he’s the right man for the job. His CV’s very impressive, especially the promotion year he had at Cardiff, and he had a good time previous to that at Watford.

His arrival has lifted the mood already, which is so important when you’re in the position we are in the table.

He spoke to us for the first time yesterday morning, telling us exactly what he expects from us both on and off the pitch, and I can only see exciting times ahead. We all want Wigan to do well, we all want to move up the Championship table, and I think he’s the right man to help us do that.

Looking at Malky’s record, I think Wigan have hit the jackpot in getting him here.

His record speaks for itself, and hopefully he can help us to promotion and get people talking about positive things for a change.

There’s a good buzz about the place and everyone is looking forward to Saturday’s game against Middlesbrough.

Everyone wants to impress him in training, and everyone will want to impress him on Saturday afternoon.

When a new manager comes in, everyone’s place is up for grabs, everyone starts with a clean slate.

Players who have perhaps not played much under the old manager will suddenly feel they have a chance to show what they can do, which can only be good for the squad and the team.

Obviously there’s been plenty in the media over the last few days, surrounding the manager and off-field stuff.

We all read the papers and we’ve seen what’s happened, but it’s not been mentioned so far.

He’s obviously under investigation from the FA and, as a result, it’s out of our control, whatever will be will be.

As players, we can’t affect anything in that regard.

All we can do is concentrate on our jobs, listen to him and hope he guides us in the right direction. People make mistakes, things happen and, like anyone, you just want to move on and get on with it.

This is a great opportunity for him to get back in to football, at a club like Wigan, and if he can get us promoted then I’m sure people will be talking about the positives rather than the negatives.

If there was a major problem there, I’m sure the FA or the powers-that-be would have held the appointment back. The chairman feels he’s made the right decision, and as players we have to get on with it.

We’re paid to play football, we’re not here to speculate or question things. As far as we know he’s the man to lead us in the right direction.

Football-wise he has a proven track record, and as players that’s exactly what you want.

We need someone to point us in the right direction, and we’re more than confident he can do that.

We’re looking forward to learning things from him, and hopefully he can rejuvenate the team.

People are always going to focus on the other stuff, but as players we have a responsibility to the club and we have to do the right thing and not get drawn into this kind of stuff.

What happened has happened away from Wigan, it’s past history for us.

He’s our manager, the chairman has put his faith in him and we’re looking forward to the challenges ahead.

As a club we’re moving forward, the off-field stuff will stay off-field. While we’re on the field we’ll be concentrating on getting the fans back behind us.

We’re a family club and we need the supporters to stay with us more than ever.

Wigan’s always prided itself on beating the odds, and this is a time when we all need to come together for the goodness of the club.

Hopefully on Saturday the fans will be there for us, the players will definitely be there giving it 100 per cent.

You sometimes see at other clubs, when things are going wrong, the fans stay away and the club starts to drift.

We don’t want that to happen here, and it’s important the fans get the message that every little helps and how important they are for us.

There’s no better feeling than walking out at the stadium and your fans giving you a massive welcome.

Together we can do this and we can start moving up the table.

We know Middlesbrough will be bringing 5,000 fans with them, and we don’t want it to be an away game for us on our own pitch.

We don’t want opposition teams coming to our place and out-singing our fans – it’s a sense of pride on and off the pitch.

Saturday’s game is massive for us. Middlesbrough are flying at the moment and a win could put them top.

We’re at the wrong end, and the league table never lies.

As players we have a big challenge ahead of us, but it’s also a great opportunity to show what we’re all about.

If we can beat one of the top sides this weekend it would send a massive message to the rest of the Championship.

I don’t want to jinx it but teams often react well to the appointment of a new manager, with fresh ideas and everyone wanting to impress.

Everyone wants to get off on the right note, more or less everyone is fit and we’re all raring to go.

It’s an ideal situation for the manager, with a full squad to choose from, and I might have to knock on his door and remind him I’m fit for selection after being out injured for two months!

It’s been a frustrating time for me both for club and country, but when he picks his first team hopefully I’m in it.

It’s a fresh start, a new regime, and hopefully we can get off to a flying start on Saturday.