Polly will be a cracker says Nicholls

Latics goalkeeper Lee Nicholls in training with Mike Pollitt
Latics goalkeeper Lee Nicholls in training with Mike Pollitt

LEE Nicholls believes Mike Pollitt will make the perfect boss as he settles into life as Wigan’s goalkeeping guru.

Pollitt last week called time on his distinguished playing career to become the club’s new goalkeeping coach.

And having worked alongside Pollitt since he joined Latics six years ago, Nicholls is relishing taking orders from the 42-year-old.

“Ever since I joined Wigan as a 16-year-old I’ve always looked up to Polly, admired his work-rate and the way he goes about his work,” Nicholls told the Evening Post.

“It’s great to still have him at the club and hopefully I can continue to learn off him. He was a bit of a father figure to us all even when he was playing, and he’ll still be there for us to dish out advice.

“Obviously it’s going to be different now he’s the gaffer. It might be a bit weird to start with, but it won’t make that much difference.

“It’s been great working with him down the years and even more so now he’s going to be the boss.”

Pollitt’s last appearance for Latics was in the FA Cup third-round victory at Bournemouth back in January 2013.

But Uwe Rosler was keen to keep his presence around the club.

“The gaffer has obviously realised it’s great for the club to keep hold of Polly, and I think he will make a top coach” Nicholls added. “He’s already got the respect of the lads both as a player and a person.”

Pollitt has been putting Nicholls, Scott Carson and Ali Al Habsi through their paces this week over in Germany.

And Nicholls revealed the goalkeepers have not been spared the gruelling work.

“Uwe warned us at the end of last season that it would be tough going this summer, and he would be able to tell if we hadn’t done anything ourselves,” he admitted.

“With goalkeeping it’s a different kind of fitness, but you still have to make sure you’re in good nick.”

Wigan’s visit of Sheffield Wednesday has been put back to Tuesday, December 30 (7.45pm). And the trip to Fulham will now take place on Friday, April 10 (8pm) to accommodate the Boat Race.