No more loans for Latics

Gary Caldwell
Gary Caldwell

GARY Caldwell admits he’s ‘really happy’ with the Wigan Athletic squad at his disposal after deciding against doing any late business in the emergency loan window.

The slamming shut of the window barely raised a ripple at the DW Stadium, with Caldwell already more than happy with the pool of players assembled in the seven months under his stewardship.

Caldwell has been arguably the busiest manager in world football since the beginning of summer, offloading over 20 players and bringing in over 20 more to completely reshape the Latics playing squad.

And the Latics chief elected to stick rather than twist as football held its very own version of ‘Black Friday’.

When asked on Thursday morning if he was expecting to be busy, Caldwell replied: “Not at the minute...but you never know.”

But he decided the current squad is well-equipped to continue its promotion push into the New Year, when he will get another chance to assess his options.

“I am really happy with the squad at the moment,” Caldwell recognised.

“I think you forget very quickly in football...I look back at training sessions we’ve done, the players that were involved, and I look at the squad now, and it looks strong.

“I’m really happy with the work we’ve done to assemble this squad.

“Now it’s up to us to work with them, try to improve them, try to improve them as a team and as individuals.

“I think we’ve done that, and we’ll continue to work hard to do that.”

Caldwell had already brought in seven loan players - Donald Love, Sean Murray, Francisco Junior, Yanic Wildschut, Haris Vuckic, Jordy Hiwula and Alex Revell - the second-highest total in League One.

He also decided against allowing any of his senior players to depart the DW on deadline-day, despite fielding calls from rival bosses on the hunt for a bargain.

“I am always receiving calls about my players, and that’s something we’ve not had for a long time at this club,” Caldwell added.

“It can only be a good thing that other people are looking at your players, because they can see how good they are.

“It’s very much a compliment to us, but while they’re here they’re our players - and it’s up to us to manage them correctly.

“They need to be physically ready to play as and when they’re called upon, and get enough games - whether it’s in the reserves or behind-closed-doors games.

“I think you’ve seen that when players have come into the team, they are ready to play and ready to make an impact.”