Caldwell plans new approach next season

Wigan Athletic players struggle on against Brentford on Saturday
Wigan Athletic players struggle on against Brentford on Saturday

GARY Caldwell watched Wigan Athletic draw the curtain on a wretched campaign - then promised a ‘totally different team, both in terms of personnel and approach’ will be in place by the start of next term.

Latics ended a dismal season on a low with a 3-0 defeat at Brentford, whose victory lifted them into the play-offs on the final day.

It could have been even worse, with the Bees hitting the bar, missing a number of good chances and seeing a late penalty brilliantly saved by Lee Nicholls.

And Caldwell admitted this summer will see a high turnover in staff as Latics look to bounce back to the Championship at the first attempt.

“It certainly won’t be the same squad next year,” the Latics chief acknowledged.

“I think there will be a turnaround of players, but I think it needs that. It will be a totally different team both in terms of personnel and approach.

“We want players coming in who want to be at the club, who want to work hard for success and are committed to doing that.

“I’m certainly committed to doing that, my staff are committed to doing that, and we’ll work very hard over the summer to get the right characters in to take us back where we know we can get.

“There are signs that certain things have already changed.

“But to have a full pre-season to put my stamp on the club, to get time to work with the players on the training ground, and to bring in new players is something I’m looking forward to.

It certainly won’t be the same squad next year

Gary Caldwell

“I’ve loved being involved, I’ve loved trying to put my stamp on the football club, but I won’t accept performances like that.

“And I’m sure there won’t be performances like that in the future.”

Aside from a decent first 25 minutes, Latics were well beaten at Griffin Park to finish second-to-bottom of the division.

“Disappointing has been the buzzword all season, and today was no different,” Caldwell recognised

“I thought we came out well for the first half, with the right attitude, but in the second half we didn’t get out of the blocks.

“It wasn’t good enough in every department, and we’ve got a long summer ahead of us to do something about it.”

Chairman David Sharpe has already targeted promotion as the priority next term, and Caldwell is confident that will be achievable.

“Going straight back up has been my aim since we went down, but it’s going to take a lot of hard work,” he added.

“I’ve said to the players that if they want to be a part of it, then great.

“If they don’t, then it’s time to go elsewhere.

“But I for one will be giving everything to achieve that.

“I’m always positive - that’s in my character.

“I always believe that with hard work and the right people around you things can be achieved.”