Spain trip crucial to Caldwell’s plan

Gary Caldwell
Gary Caldwell

GARY Caldwell believes this week’s trip to La Manga will be a crucial part of Wigan Athletic’s pre-season programme.

Latics will spend this week over in south east Spain in preparation

La Manga will be a chance to work from a technical and tactical point of view

Gary Caldwell

for the new campaign that gets under way on August 8.

It’s the next step of a three-part plan for making sure the players can hit the ground running in League One.

“The first part at Christopher Park has been very much aerobic-based training and fitness, and getting the players up to a level where they can perform in games,” Caldwell told the Evening Post.

“La Manga will be a chance to work from a technical and tactical point of view, and looking at the way we want to play and the different formations we want to adopt.

“We’ll then enter a phase of games from then on in, where the players will be up to speed within the game scenario.”

After a week in Spain, the Wigan squad will then spend time at Christopher Park before embarking on a short trip to Scotland, where they’ll play games against Partick Thistle and Dundee.

“Scotland will be a good opportunity to work on games and training and also the togetherness in the squad which is always important,” Caldwell added.

“It’s very much about looking at the three phases and then we’re pretty much into the campaign.

“The new season will soon be on us and, speaking to the staff, there’s still a lot for us to cover.

“That’s why important that we use every minute available, including the trips away, so we’re prepared for every eventuality when the first game arrives.”

Travelling with the Latics squad to Spain will be new signings Richard O’Donnell, David Perkins, Craig Morgan, Donervon Daniels and Max Power.