Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Saturday November 22 2008
Wigan Athletic midfield hard man Lee Cattermole has spoken candidly about the past week, a week when he was made captain of the Latics for the game at Newcastle and a week in which he was arrested by the police for a public order offence outside a North East nightclub.
Cattermole was speaking to the Guardian and he started by talking about his passion for the game whether captain of the team or not, he said:
'Even if I'm not captain I'm exactly the same, I always give my all and I don't like losing. In fact, I hate losing. You've got to play with passion and spirit and I will always roll up my sleeves and give it a good go. Where it comes from, I just don't know. But it's there all the time, in every match.'
Cattermole just cant keep quiet on the pitch and he says its something that`s been with him all his footballing life, even when he was a kid, he continued:
'I'd get in trouble when I was younger, there was a rule for the under-13s at Middlesbrough that you were never allowed to swear. If you did, the manager had to take you off as punishment. But I couldn't stop myself. I'd just get frustrated, I guess.
"The manager, Dave Parnaby, would be standing on the touchline shouting: 'Last time, Lee, one more time and you're off.' I'd be like: 'Whatever!' I just couldn't bear it if we weren't winning.'
This 'getting into trouble` caught up with Lee last weekend, following the Latics game with Newcastle Cattermole met up with some old friends and went out for a drink, it ended up with him being arrested and ordered to pay an £80 fixed-penalty notice.
Latics have also fined him and boss Steve Bruce has been publicly critical about his player 'going into areas you stay away from'.
Bruce - critical
Cattermole says he wasn`t treated fairly and argues that it was something made from nothing, he said:
'Maybe the copper got a buzz out of arresting me.
'Who knows? But the way I see it is that I did nothing to warrant being taken to the police station. It was something out of nothing and, sorry, but would I have been arrested if I wasn't a footballer?
'If you looked at my local paper back home, the [Middlesbrough] Evening Gazette, you'd think I'd murdered someone. My family have to pick that up and it's hard for them reading that I'm supposed to have been barred from the pubs in Yarm when I've never been barred from a pub in my life.
"The truth is there was nothing malicious. There was no fighting. It was a nothing incident and if I had a different job nobody would have batted an eyelid.'
'Maybe I've got to be careful about putting myself in that position. I certainly won't be going to the same place for another night out. But you learn through experience. I'm just a young lad who loves playing football and enjoys a crack with his mates.
"People will look at me being arrested and automatically think: 'He must be a bad lad.' And maybe it doesn't help me that I play in an aggressive way. I know I could get a reputation. But I also know I'm not a bad person and the people who know me know that too.'
Cattermole is loving life at the Latics even though it was hard leaving Boro, he also holds aspirations of making the full England squad, he is a regular in the Under 21`s, and at 20 time is definitely on his side, he continued:
'I just felt that once McClaren had gone I wasn't playing as many games. It was like I'd hit a standstill. The new gaffer [Gareth Southgate] took over and suddenly I was in and out of the team.
"I haven't got a bad word to say about him. He was the best player I've ever played with, a great leader and a model professional and he sent me a nice letter when I left. But he preferred other players to me, which can happen, and I wanted to play more regularly. I'm happier now because I'm playing for someone who wants me.'
'I've played against a lot of the guys who have got into the England squad - Scott Parker, Jimmy Bullard, people like that - and I feel like I'm holding my own, plus I'm still only 20. I think people forget how young I am sometimes.
'We played Arsenal in the Carling Cup the other week and everyone was talking about all these great kids and what great futures they have. And yet a lot of them were only my age.
'I've been playing in the Premier League since I was 17. The difference is that nobody thinks of me as one of the young lads any more, and I'd rather it be like that, instead of being seen as a kid.'
Cattermole has proved to be an excellent capture by Steve Bruce and he definitely has a bright future ahead of him, lets hope its with the Latics
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