I got the privilege to interview one of Wigan’s top goal scorers, scoring 70 goals during his time at the Latics. During an illustrious playing career, he also appeared for Barnsley, Sheffield United, Oldham Athletic and Rotherham United. Andy is currently working as a fitness coach at Ipswich Town having previously been caretaker manager at Rotherham United in 2011.
Firstly, Latics are 23rd in the Championship. How can Warren Joyce’s side fight their way up the table?
“The league is very tight apart from Newcastle and Brighton. There is not a lot between the rest of the teams apart from consistency of performance. If they can get some consistent performances, and quickly, they will improve.”
The Latics have a number of experienced players such as Stephen Warnock, Jake Buxton, Jordi Gomez and Jussi Jaaskelainen in their squad. How does this benefit the team?
“They are all hardened professionals and will be able to help the younger ones through the sticky situation they are in at the minute. Unfortunately, when you are losing, the experienced players become “old” but when you are winning they go back to “experienced!” That’s football I’m afraid.”
As well as experienced players in their ranks, Latics have a number of high-quality youngsters such as Luke Burke and James Barrigan. How bright is the club’s future?
“They have good young players but football is about winning and the immediate future is all that counts. They need to win games now and if young players will help Warren do that then I’m sure he will use them.”
What do you feel Warren Joyce has brought to Latics?
“He needs time to bring his own ideas and style to the club so they can play in the way he wants them too. He has only been there a very short time. He is obviously a fantastic coach, so he just needs time from both players and fans to get the team playing how he wants them to. The transfer window will obviously be very important for Wigan, as it will be for all clubs.”
When you came back to the DW with Ipswich, what did you think of the way Latics played?
“They played well, apart from the first 20 minutes, and should have won really but didn’t take their chances. We managed to punish them for that so it seemed that they needed a goal scorer really more than anything. Wildschut and Power were both very good on that day.”
Finally, would you ever return to Latics?
“I have learnt that you cannot plan your life, it just happens and you have to get on with it. That’s about as good an answer as I can give you for that one.”
I would like to thank Andy for taking his time to answer my questions.
You can follow Andy on Twitter @Lidds7.
David – @DCurtyy – Football Writer