“We are working hard”

Gary Caldwell
Gary Caldwell

LATICS skipper Gary Caldwell has reassured fans that the mid-season training camp in Tenerife will be work, work, work and NOT a holiday.

He was moved to issue the statement after fans criticised certain players for posting pictures on Twitter of themselves relaxing in the sun by the pool.

While Caldwell admits the images could be construed as “disrespectful” to fans, he says they give the wrong impression. In fact the squad was taking part in long training sessions aimed at boosting league survival hopes and bringing players together.

When some of the tweets were greeted with scepticism from fans, they were immediately taken down.

The Latics captain said: “Like many other teams at that time of year, we have travelled abroad to undergo a warm-weather training camp.

“We are training twice a day in the heat and the squad is really being put through its paces, more so than we probably could have done at home, judging by the temperatures back there.”

Last year, boss Roberto Martinez flew the squad over to Oman in mid-season when the team lay in a similar position in the table.

It was a training camp which he, the players and supporters believe helped kick the squad on to the fantastic run which helped them avoid relegation.

Caldwell hopes this trip will have the same effect.

He added: “Some of the long-term injured boys have travelled with us too and there is a fantastic spirit of togetherness in the camp when we go away on trips like this, the sort of spirit that got us through last season and will help this one too.

“We’ve been on similar trips before to Oman and La Manga and it’s always worked for us.

“Obviously, you need your downtime but we realise that one or two pictures of players lying by the pool that appeared on Twitter may have come across as disrespectful to our supporters and so we have decided ourselves as a group to take them down to avoid confusion.

“I can assure each and every one of our fans that the players are totally committed and focused on the fight to keep our club in the Barclay’s Premier League.

“The fans have been different class all season, as they have been since I came to Wigan. We are all fighting together, fans and players, for the good of our club and I’m sure we will continue sticking together in the crucial weeks and months ahead.”