DAVID Sharpe insists the work now being done behind the scenes at Wigan Athletic will form the platform for next season’s promotion push from League One.
The chairman has been holding ‘constant meetings’ with manager Gary Caldwell, chief executive Jonathan Jackson and head of football operations Matt Jackson regarding ins and outs for next term.
It’s something we need to get right, and we’re putting in place a new recruitment team to try and make sure the players we’re trying to bring in are the right ones to get us back into the ChampionshipDavid Sharpe
With almost half of the playing squad out of contract this summer, it’s clearly something that has to be got right.
“We’ve had constant meetings, long meetings, and there is a heavy focus on recruitment,” Sharpe told the Evening Post.
“Last summer, the recruitment wasn’t good enough, as we’ve seen, and it’s had its effects this season.
“It’s something we need to get right, and we’re putting in place a new recruitment team to try and make sure the players we’re trying to bring in are the right ones to get us back into the Championship.”
Sharpe has also revealed that there is a very specific market Latics are looking at regarding potential recruits.
“You have to know the markets that suit the football club and suit the league,” he acknowledged.
“We’re looking mainly at League One and the Championship, not much of an emphasis on going foreign.
“We’re looking at young, hungry players between the ages of 24-27, ones who have done it before, who know what it’s like to win promotion, who are willing to learn and put in the hours, and buy into Gary’s brand of football.
“Looking forward, once we win promotion - and that’s something to football club needs - we’ll then have a core of players who can fight for promotion back to the Premier League the following season.”
Latics have already been strongly linked with moves for Bristol City striker Jay-Emmanuel Thomas and Tranmere midfielder Max Power.