David Sharpe: We’ll bounce back

Wigan Athletic chairman David Sharpe and manager Gary Caldwell on the pitch after the defeat to Wolves
Wigan Athletic chairman David Sharpe and manager Gary Caldwell on the pitch after the defeat to Wolves

WIGAN Athletic chairman David Sharpe has reassured supporters that the club will “bounce back” following relegation to League One.

The 23-year-old only took over the role from his grandfather Dave Whelan last month with the club languishing in the Championship relegation zone.

And, despite sacking Malky Mackay and hiring Gary Caldwell, Latics’ relegation was confirmed with a game to spare following Rotherham’s 2-1 victory over Reading.

Sharpe released a statement on the club’s website describing how it is a sad day for Wigan Athletic. He also took to Twitter to apologise to fans for a “disaster of a season”.

“It’s a sad day for everyone associated with Wigan Athletic but we will bounce back,” he said. “I want that to be the main message to our fans tonight.

“Our only target next season is promotion, nothing else will suffice and the job of rebuilding the club is already well under way under Gary Caldwell and his staff.

“Football is full of examples of clubs who have come back stronger after relegation and I want us to be the latest one of those

“We have an amazing opportunity to start afresh and begin an exciting new era for the club.

“Earlier this month, we made the change to appoint Gary and establish our new recruitment department and we can already see the changes taking root.

“The style of football we have played in these last four games is a pointer to the future and, despite the news tonight, there is a sense of optimism around the place that we have the right people in place to take this club back to where we want to be, with the right football philosophy, a determination to build a thriving academy and the backing of our great supporters.

“At Wigan Athletic we believe. So let’s dust ourselves down and be ready for the challenge of getting this club promoted at the first attempt.”