Coyle has fingers crossed

Owen Coyle
Owen Coyle

OWEN Coyle is keeping his fingers crossed this afternoon’s Europa League draw is kind to Wigan Athletic.

While many Latics fans are waiting for the draw with passports and credit cards in hand, Coyle has only one request.

“You’re always looking at the permutations as to who you can possibly draw, but it’s really one for the fans in terms of planning their trips,” he told the Evening Post.

“My biggest priority, if truth be told, is making sure we are okay logistically, so we’re not visiting some far-flung countries.

“Whoever we draw, we’ll embrace the challenge as a football club and we’ll ready ourselves for the challenge.”

Teams from as far as Russia and Kazakhstan are possible opponents.

Meanwhile, Coyle has welcomed the Capital One Cup third-round draw that has handed Latics a trip to Manchester City in a repeat of last season’s FA Cup final.

“To pit yourselves against an elite club such as Manchester City, you want that as a football club,” he added.

“That’s the league we want to be operating in, the company we want to be keeping.

“Obviously the draw will bring back some fantastic memories for the boys here who were involved in the FA Cup final.

“It’s a sexy draw as they say, but the bottom line is it’ll be a tough tie.”

The tie will be played on Tuesday, September 24, kick-off 7.45pm.

DRAW: Group D in full: Rubin Kazan (Russia), Wigan Athletic, Maribor (Slovenia) and Zulte Waregem (Belgium)