Mackay closes the net on two targets

Wigan's Callum McManaman is still attracting interest from the Premier League
Wigan's Callum McManaman is still attracting interest from the Premier League

MALKY Mackay has revealed Wigan Athletic are closing in on two or three signings that will bolster the squad for the rest of the campaign.

The Latics chief has been preparing the side for Saturday’s six-pointer against Huddersfield, while also keeping up to speed with the club’s attempts at bringing in reinforcements.

“We’re still working hard,” Mackay told the Evening Post.

“Jonathan Jackson and David Sharpe have been working hard trying to move things along.

“And there is an appetite to try to do two or maybe three loan deals if we can get them done.

“We’re at different stages with different players, but the management have been helping me as much as they can and I’m grateful for that.”

While doing everything he can to add quality to the squad, Mackay admits it has been a balancing act with massive games coming up on a weekly basis.

He’s also paid tribute to his coaching staff, whom he’s having to lean on with several plates being kept in the air on and off the pitch.

“You get used to things running concurrently,” the Latics chief recognised.

“I’ve got good staff with me, and a good structure in place that know the way we train and handle the logistics of a game if I’m called elsewhere.

“Everyone knows their own role within the organisation, and that’s where delegation comes in and can work really well.”

Mackay also said his wanted list is being tweaked all the time as the situation at other clubs changes on a daily basis.

“Different names come up every day, more so as the window goes on,” he added. “You find that Premier League clubs get in their targets and will then allow their players to go out on loan, where when I’d made a call in the first week of January he wasn’t available.

“That’s something you’ve constantly got to be aware of, and on the flip side you’ll hear that someone is available, you’ll ring up and all of a sudden he’s not because they picked up an injury at the weekend.

“There’s a lot of Tipp-Ex and rubbing-out on our list of targets. Names are coming on and going off the list very quickly.”