McCann confident of turnaround

Chris McCann in action against Leeds United
Chris McCann in action against Leeds United

CHRIS McCann has admitted the arrival of Uwe Rosler has ‘breathed new life’ into Wigan Athletic.

Rosler got off to the perfect start to his DW career at the weekend, seeing off local rivals Bolton 3-2 in a thriller.

Three more points tonight at Sheffield Wednesday would push Latics closer to the play-off positions.

And McCann, brought to the club by previous boss Owen Coyle, believes the German can act as a catalyst to turn Wigan’s campaign around.

“The gaffer has only been here for a week, and he’s already breathed new life into the place,” McCann told the Evening Post.

“Sunday was big with it being his first home game, and the atmosphere inside the stadium reflected that.

“He wants us to kick on and show what we’re all about and I thought we did that against Bolton.”

Rosler has pleged to make changes for the trip to South Yorkshire, with Latics facing a punishing programme of six games over the next 17 days.

That could mean recalls for James McClean, James Perch and Stephen Crainey, who all appeared off the bench against Bolton, as well as midfielder Roger Espinoza.

“I will make changes, not only one, and I will be keeping one or two of the players at home for training reasons with an eye on Saturday’s game against Reading,” Rosler confirmed.

Youngster Will Keane will also come into contention after playing 45 minutes for the Development Squad against Southport on Monday.

The on-loan Manchester United striker was left out of the squad against Bolton, but Rosler insists he remains part of his plans.

“Will has not played football of late, but he got 45 minutes under his belt,” the Latics chief added.

“He put in a good session and he will be in the squad for the Sheffield Wednesday game.”

Rosler is still finding his feet at the DW, but admits he’s pleased with what he’s found so far.

“I have been very impressed with the attitude of the players, they have been very willing to take new things on board,” the German confirmed.

“I believe in the squad we have, I believe in the quality of player that we have, and there is a very good atmosphere in the camp.

“It’s tough to deal with the demands of three games in a week, two of them on the road, and that means I will have to utilise that squad.

“I like to prepare Saturday to Saturday, which allows me to get all of my points across in a very structured way.

“In the Championship, the schedule does not make that easy but you have to get on with it – everyone has to get on with it.”

Rosler has met with Nick Powell and his agent, and has more talks planned with Manchester United boss David Moyes, about securing the on-loan forward’s future until the summer.

“We have all corners covered, and all of the talks I have had are positive,” Rosler added. “You never know in football, but I am not stressed about the situation. I feel we are in a good place at the moment.”