Whelan - Rosler got the job in five minutes

Dave Whelan
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WIGAN Athletic will officially unveil Uwe Rosler as their new manager today with chairman Dave Whelan revealing it took just five minutes for him to appoint the 45-year-old.

The club announced the German’s appointment just hours before kick-off on Saturday and he quickly jumped on a train from Carlisle, where he was set to take charge of former club Brentford in an FA Cup clash, to London where he watched on as Latics were beaten 2-1 at Millwall.

Rosler met with club staff yesterday in his first day of work as he now prepares the side to face NK Maribor in Slovenia in three days’ time.

Latics agreed compensation with Brentford last Thursday and began talks with the man himself before an agreement was reached on Friday night.

Whelan says he has been a big fan of Rosler’s for some time and as soon as he spoke to him, he knew he was the right man for Wigan Athletic.

“I’ve watched his progress, you’ve got to see who is doing well,” said Whelan. “Before you need a manager you’ve got to look and I looked across the leagues and I though ‘that lad’s doing all right at Brentford because they could have got promotion last season, they were so unlucky.

“When he applied for the job I had in the mind his record so I did fancy what he’s done and I did like what he’s done

“When I met him, I was convinced, I would say, in five minutes that this lad was what I thought I was looking for. He had the right attitude, he said the right things and I liked his attitude totally.

“It only took me five minutes to think ‘I like this lad and I think I’m going to give him a go.’”

Rosler spoke to the Wigan players before Saturday’s game, at half-time and after the full-time whistle with caretaker manager Graham Barrow saying he came across very well.

The caretaker boss also believes the former Manchester City player’s history as a striker will help sharpen up Wigan’s attack.

“He was very positive as you would expect,” he said.

“I know of him as a player and you meet the fella and there’s signs that it’s going to be right.

“He’s got a fantastic approach, he’s been very respectful to all of us and he’s had a chat with me.

“I think (the Maribor game) is a nice opportunity for him to put his mark on the team and have a good look at things before the Sunday game.

“Uwe isn’t walking into a club in freefall because as we’ve shown here there’s a lot that is right. I think it’s just the attacking side which needs working on and with Uwe having been a top striker maybe he can help us with that and the movement of the players.”

The club has still not 
released details of the length of contract Rosler has signed nor is it known who is backroom staff will be.

It is hoped that these details will be cleared up at today’s press conference but Barrow says he got the impression he will be staying on.

“I believe I will be staying,” he added. “I had a brief chat with him on the phone on Friday night and he said he was looking forward to working with me.

“The whole club is excited about Uwe coming in. The players have been great all along but you could tell that they’d been given a lift.

“You never stop learning from people so there are things I learnt from Roberto (Martinez) when he was here and hopefully I can do the same from Uwe.”