Coyle - Fitness key to Premier League return

Hard taskmaster - Owen Coyle works his players hard in training
Hard taskmaster - Owen Coyle works his players hard in training

OWEN Coyle admits the forthcoming training camp in America will underpin Wigan Athletic’s promotion assault next term.

Latics will kick-off a 10-day visit to the States tomorrow, where they will face MLS outfit Columbus Crew as well as continuing their pre-season fitness work.

And with a gruelling campaign ahead of them – which could include over 60 matches – Coyle has stressed the importance of the graft being done now.

“Everyone in football wants the same thing – to be in the Premier League,” he told the Evening Post.

“But people have got to understand you can’t just come in and press a button.

“It takes a lot of very hard work to get to where we want to be, and the work we are doing is a very important part of that.”

The Latics travelling party will include seven new signings, which have brought about a real feel-good factor despite the disappointment of relegation from the Premier League.

“In our situation, you can do one of two things,” Coyle added.

“You can either feel sorry for yourselves, or you can get up and try to do something about it.

“The second one is the attitude I’ve seen so far, which is very pleasing for me as a manager.

“We recognise that the Championship is a tough league, but we are determined to bounce back to where we want to be.

“To do that, we’ll need a talented and very fit squad – and that’s where the pre-season work comes in.”