Warnock: It’s business as usual

Stephen Warnock celebrates victory
Stephen Warnock celebrates victory

Stephen Warnock insists Wigan Athletic’s players will continue to ‘get on with it’ as chairman David Sharpe closes in on the appointment of a new manager.

Warren Joyce, the Manchester United Under-21 boss, is understood to be the man Sharpe has identified to take over from Gary Caldwell, who was sacked last Tuesday, with some bookies going as short as 1/8 he’ll get the nod. Latics, with Graham Barrow in temporary charge, gave Sharpe some degree of breathing space with a much-needed 1-0 victory at Cardiff at the weekend thanks to Jordi Gomez’s late winner.

And skipper Warnock, who capped a man-of-the-match display with a last-gasp clearance off the line, says that’s all the players can do in the meantime.

“To be honest, I’ve been through it before, things change in football, managers come and go,” he said.

“That’s the nature of the game, and you have to get on with it. You’ve got to appreciate what the manager did here – he brought every single player here to the club, so there is a big appreciation to Gary for giving us the chance to enjoy last year.

“Now we have to move on, we have to stand strong together as a unit, as a club and as a team, and be positive for the new man when he comes in.

“Until we’re told who the new manager is, and it’s announced and we meet him face to face, we just have to get on with it. Graham’s in charge, we respect that, and we just get on with it.”

Barrow was quick to deflect praise on to Caldwell in his post-match interviews, and Warnock was also keen to give the ousted gaffer a pat on the back.

“Credit to Graham, he’s stood strong, he’s been here for a long time and he’s done it all before,” Warnock added.

“But he will be the first to acknowledge it was Gary who set us up in that way, and we probably would have played that way under the previous manager.

“Regardless of the change of manager, we felt we weren’t a million miles away from a result, and today we worked really hard for it.”