Sharpe eyes big hunger gains from new recruits

David Sharpe
David Sharpe

HUNGER and desire will be the main prerequisites of any Wigan Athletic signing made this summer.

That’s the message from chairman David Sharpe, who believes those fighting qualities were a major reason why Latics – pre-season favourites for promotion from the Championship a year ago – ended the campaign in the relegation places.

“For me, that is key – and it’s been really lacking this season,” Sharpe told the Evening Post.

“The league table doesn’t lie, and it’s been evident the hunger and desire to fight for the football club hasn’t been quite there.

“It’s something that needs looking at and needs addressing for next season, and the players we bring in will be the right characters for the football club.

“I think character is the main thing when you’re buying a footballer.”

Sharpe believes the appointment of Gary Caldwell as manager is the first step towards getting back on the right track.

“Gary’s got pride in this football club running through his blood,” the 23-year-old added.

“Even though he’s a Scot, he’s secretly a Wiganer – and even though he’ll keep that to himself, I know what he’s like!

“He wants characters like him, who are willing to put everything into this football club and are willing to fight and put every ounce of sweat in for the shirt.”

Latics have yet to make any signings for next season but Sharpe predicted: “You’ll see a difference next season. You’ll see a big difference.”