Gary Caldwell says his Wigan Athletic players fully deserved to let their hair down after clinching promotion to the Championship.
The Latics players were afforded time off after all-but clinching the League One title at the weekend, thanks to a 4-0 romp at Blackpool, and took advantage by partying with joyous supporters across the Bank Holiday weekend.
“It was great to have so many of our fans there on the day,” Caldwell told the Evening Post.
“And the scenes in the changing room will be ones we’ll remember forever.
“That’s why you’re in the game – to have those kind of moments – and you have to enjoy them when they come.
“I keep saying to the younger players, this sort of thing doesn’t happen every year. And the older you get, the more you enjoy them.”
Fans not out on the town were kept up to speed by social media, with star midfielder Max Power doing a sterling job in updating his Twitter feed while remaining the life and soul of the party.
“Max is fine!” Caldwell reported. “We’ll get him back in training and he’ll be fine for the weekend.
“But those moments are why you play the game, to celebrate with your team-mates and with the fans.
“It’s great you can let your hair down and enjoy those moments, and we all had a fantastic weekend.
“We all enjoyed it together, and that can only increase the togetherness of the group.”
Power, in particular, had extra reason to celebrate, having endured back-to-back relegations with Tranmere before joining Latics last summer.
“You have more lows than highs in football, and he’s obviously experienced two massive lows in the last couple of years,” Caldwell added. “To get the high of this year, for him especially, is great.”
l Wigan’s Development Squad ran riot against Morecambe yesterday, winning 10-0 at Christopher Park.
Sam Cosgrove and Louis Robles hit hat-tricks, with James Barrigan, Josh Gregory, Matty Hamilton and Danny O’Brien also netting.