We’re working hard to reshape squad – Malky

Wigan manager Malky Mackay
Wigan manager Malky Mackay

MALKY Mackay insists Wigan Athletic could not be working harder on or off the field to turn things around.

As Mackay prepares his side for Saturday’s trip to Birmingham, Latics are also desperately trying to bring in new blood that will bolster the squad ahead of the second half of the season.

A relegation battle is not what Mackay had in mind when he took charge in November, but the Scot is well aware that what happens over the next few weeks and months could have massive long-term ramifications.

“If you’re sitting in the bottom three when you come into a club then there’s a reason for it,” he told the Evening Post. “It’s about making sure we came in and make an impact over a period of time.

“I’ve no doubt about that, and I’m working hard with the owners and the management to reshape the squad in terms of moving the club forward.

“That’s going to take a period of time but what I’ve got to concentrate on is the performance levels.

“And in the games we’ve played, performances have not been that bad, we’ve been in all the games we’ve played.

“Yes we should have more wins and points on the board, and we will strive to do that to push the club forward.

“Are we close to that happening? Yes I think so.

“We have to find a way of making sure that happens, and if that means bringing in new faces that’s what we’ll do.”

Mackay also says Latics will ‘reassess the situation in the summer’ after officially confirming Oriol Riera’s loan move to Deportivo La Coruna.

Martyn Waghorn underlined his case for a starting spot at Birmingham this weekend with a sparkling display for the Development Squad yesterday.

Waghorn, back after a shoulder problem, scored one and hit the bar as Latics beat Wrexham 3-1.

Emyr Huws did not feature, and he is at least another week away after an ankle problem.

Latics’ attempts to confirm the signing of Liam Ridgewell from MLS outfit Portland Timbers have been slightly held up by complications across the Atlantic. Confirmation is expected any day.