#Latics: Caldwell looking to implement unique philosophy

Newly appointed Wigan Athletic manager Gary Caldwell has given his first interview as manager to the club’s official website.

Caldwell, who only signed for the Latics in January 2010, says that he is proud of his promotion, but is still finding certain aspects of his new role peculiar.

“I am very proud, it’s still a little bit strange hearing people call me the manager” Caldwell said.

“It’s been a really busy 24 hours but it is something that I’m really proud of, to say that I’m manager of Wigan Athletic.
“It’s a club that means a lot to me; I’ve been here over five years now, I’ve had some great times and I’m really looking forward to the massive challenge ahead.”
In terms of his managerial style, Caldwell is hoping that his ‘on-pitch manager persona’ will transfer easily to the dug-out. 
“I think most players will tell you that I was a manager on the pitch, I got everyone to do my running for me and cover up for my deficiencies by bossing them about. This time I’ll get to do that without having to play alongside them.
“Leadership is something I’ve always looked at; I’ve always wanted to be the captain of the football club, the leader, and to become a manager is the natural progression.”
But what can the players expect from Gary Caldwell: the manager? What kind of football we have them playing?
“I want to be unique in my views on the game and make my own philosophy and try and bring that to this club.
“I want to play the game the right way, I want to pass the ball but ultimately I want to win football matches and that’s what I was like as a player, and as a manager that will be the same.
“I’m after that desire that, as a player myself, I always wanted to display; I always wanted to be someone that was committed for the team that I played for and show desire to win football games.

Fans hearing Caldwell state he wants to win football matches is all well and good, but it is going to take a rather seismic shake to knock this squad of players into gear. Wigan have lost six out of their last ten games and sit third from bottom with eight points between them and 21st place Fulham, who also have a game in hand over The Latics.

Wigan have five games left to save themselves from the drop, not many it would seem, but Caldwell is hoping that past relegation battle successes will stand them in good stead, and is calling on the fans to repeat their support that helped propel them to safety in the top-flight.
“I think the fans have always been great here; the times when we stayed in the Premier League we really got the fans behind us in the run-ins.
“It’s a family club, it’s a club with great fans, we don’t get big numbers – something people like to tell us about – but when they do come here, they always come and support the club and the players are always thankful of that.”
Caldwell’s appointment has been greeted with mixed opinions from the fans, who are a mixture of support, optimism and trepidation; unsure of whether it may be to much too soon for such a young manager (Now the youngest in the Championship). But over the next five weeks, we will see if the centre-back turned manager can cause another shock in the most unpredictable league on earth!

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