Wigan Athletic rebuild 'is going to be tough' - Leam Richardson

Leam Richardson is hoping to retain some ‘continuity’ as he looks to get cracking on the big Wigan Athletic rebuild.

Thursday, 6th May 2021, 10:19 am
Updated Thursday, 6th May 2021, 10:20 am
Leam Richardson
Leam Richardson

Latics draw a line under the most eventful campaign in their history this weekend when already-relegated Swindon visit the DW on Sunday.

Richardson’s men have already secured their place in the third tier next season against all the odds, with a four-match win streak in April helping them over the line.

And the 41-year-old, who has been rewarded for steering the ship to safety with the full-time manager’s job, has already begun to cast his eyes on the next step of the long road back.

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“I think it’s very important we try and carry some continuity across into next year,” said Richardson, who has only five players – Tom Pearce, Luke Robinson, Adam Long, Thelo Aasgaard and Callum Lang – under contract beyond the summer.

“This year we’ve been absolutely stripped bare, and you’ve seen the difference with that. You’ve only got to look at Hull on Saturday, who carried a lot of players from last year, who’d experienced a lot together, and that allowed them to be so consistent.

“You’re always looking for something like that, in a team game, that understanding and consistency, and a platform to rebuild.

“Make no mistake, this rebuild is going to be tough – and I’ve no qualms about saying that.

“This club is still in a place where Wigan Athletic should never be.

“But with more hard work, more commitment, and a real long-term plan in place – with the support of our fans – we will certainly get there.”

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