Uwe Rosler 'almost destroyed me' - Wigan Athletic old-boy

Former Wigan Athletic midfielder Fraser Fyvie has accused Uwe Rosler of hounding him out of the club with a succession of negative comments which ‘almost destroyed me’.
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Fraser Fyvie

The 27-year-old, who now plays for Cove Rangers, was signed from Aberdeen by Roberto Martinez in the summer of 2012.

Latics shelled out in the region of £500,000 for his services and, although he struggled to nail down a first-team spot in his

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debut campaign, he was on the bench for the FA Cup final.

However, after hoping to kick-on, Fyvie says it all went downhill when Martinez moved on to Everton that summer – and Rosler took over from Owen Coyle just four months later. “After

(Roberto) Martinez left Wigan, I had such a bad experience with the managers who took over, especially Uwe Rosler,” said Fyvie.

“He almost destroyed me. I was 21 and thinking about giving up football.

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“He just hammered me. He told me I couldn’t play football, I wasn’t a midfielder, I couldn’t run and I shouldn’t have got a move to Wigan.

“He nailed me to the floor trying to get rid of me.

“He was trying to force me out of the club and if it was any other business, it would get taken to HR (human resources).

“Maybe that’s what I should have done, but I was a young boy down there on my own and wasn’t sure about what to do.

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“Rosler got sacked and when Malky (Mackay) came in, he was honest and said he wanted to go with experience for a relegation battle and I could go.”

Fyvie secured a lifeline back in Scotland thanks to former Latics coach John Doolan, who recommended him to then-Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs.

“I believe that everything happens for a reason,” Fyvie told ‘Capital City Press’. “I knew John Doolan from Wigan, and he was always great with me and kept me in mind when he was at Hibs.

“Stubbsy had been in contact with my agent and just said ‘drive up and we’ll get you in’.

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“I met with him and (chief executive) Leeann Dempster and he said: ‘I don’t care what people are saying about you, John Doolan says you’re worth it, so there’s a six-month contract, £250-a-week’.

“I swear, I didn’t even look at the money before I signed.”