Latics want their swagger back

Wigan Athletic fans celebrate - the club wants to see more seens like this
Wigan Athletic fans celebrate - the club wants to see more seens like this

WIGAN Athletic will be getting back to playing with their trademark style and swagger next season.

That’s the message from Graham Barrow, who reckons the appointment of Gary Caldwell will see the club rediscover its roots and get back on track following two relegations in two years.

“Wigan Athletic has always played good, attractive football,” said Barrow, who has served the club as player, coach, manager and assistant over a three-decade period.

“We used to be known as the Manchester United of the non-leagues, and all the way through – the two great sides I played in, through the sides of Paul Jewell, Steve Bruce, Roberto Martinez – we’ve had our own style of playing.

“Gary Caldwell has been a part of that, and he has Wigan Athletic blood in him.”

Latics are back in the third tier after a 12-year adventure in the top two divisions, and Barrow says it’s a chance to ‘regroup’ after a whirlwind period.

“Of course it was fantastic to be in the Premier League and the Championship, but you kind of get lost a bit in the maze,” he added.

“When you think of all the money in the game and what this club has had to compete against, I think it was incredible to have done so well for so long.

“It gives the club chance to regroup and get back together again.

“At the end of the day, it’s all about winning – and making sure we get back to that.”