They are playing for their futures: Mackay

Wigan manager Malky Mackay has issued a stern warning to his players
Wigan manager Malky Mackay has issued a stern warning to his players

MALKY Mackay admitted some of his misfiring Wigan Athletic players are ‘playing for their futures’ after Saturday’s 1-0 home reversal to Norwich.

The misery surrounding the DW Stadium continued with a dismal defeat to an out-of-form Canaries outfit, who hardly had to get out of first gear to pick up only their second win in 11 matches.

Jonny Howson’s goal after just five minutes means Latics have now won only once in their last 15 outings and are three points adrift of safety in the Championship.

“There’s 10 players out of contract at the end of the season so they’re definitely playing for their futures,” Mackay told the Evening Post.

“Every time a player crosses that line in a Wigan Athletic shirt, they are playing for their futures.

“There’s no given in this game, and over time I will assess everything.

“I’m only three weeks into the job, and what I have got is a group of players who are honest, who want to work hard and want to be here.

“I’ve not taken over a fractured dressing room. Everyone here wants the best for Wigan Athletic.”

Mackay also confirmed he will be looking to do business in the upcoming transfer window – although he did warn of the dangers of pursuing a quick-fix.

“If we can, we’ll certainly look to tweak the squad,” the Latics boss revealed.

“January is an interesting window in terms of the pool of players out there.

“You’ve got to be careful about the type of character you go for, and take into account why someone is available.

“There is the freshness aspect, though, and if we are able to do one or two then we will do.

“But it will always be linked to the financial prudence at the club, and will depend on outs as well.

“The squad here is maybe too big, and over time it will be reshaped.”

Latics, who are 23rd in the ladder, are next in action on Saturday when they travel to sixth-placed Watford.