Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Wednesday April 8 2009
Wigan Athletic boss Steve Bruce is convinced the mentality of the club is changing from one just being happy with Premier League survival to actually wanting to achieve some success.
Bruce cites the fact that 2 seasons ago Premier League safety was guaranteed on the last day and last season it was guaranteed on the last away game and the club was delighted with that, but now he wants to aim higher. Bruce told the Wigan Evening Post:
'The mentality at the club last season was all geared to staying in the Premier League which we achieved in the second-to-last game by beating Aston Villa.
'The year before, the club had to wait until the final game at Sheffield United to stay up, and did so by one goal.
'I hope the mentality is different now - it's not enough to think that we have done our job."
With the possibility of Europa League qualification manager Bruce wants some ambition to be shown by his players and with 5 of the 7 remaining games left against teams struggling at the bottom end of the table that possibility could become a reality if the players and the club show the right attitude, Bruce continued:
'We still have seven games to play, five of them against sides who aren't safe from relegation.
'We have a lot to play for yet. We want to finish as high as we can, and we owe that to the supporters and ourselves.
'Every season a club like ours has to start out with the intention of getting safe, but with the good position we are now in, I want us to kick on."
Its about time that these positive messages came out of the club, I for one don`t think it`s enough to be happy with scraping survival year on year, lets show some ambition, what is the point of entering competitions if you set your targets so low that you are on a loser before the start.
People may say be realistic, I am, qualification for a European premier tournament is within the grasp of the club, we have got to go all out to achieve this, as Bruce says, 'for the supporters and the club`, the fan base of the club is growing, for this to continue the club needs to grow also.
Latics Speyk Podcast 7 - Graham Barrow Interview
Wigan Athletic legend and former manager Graham Barrow is interviewed on the latest Latics Speyk podcast, episode 7
Graham talks about his time at the Latics as both player and manager, his reasons for leaving Springfield Park back in 1986 after 179 appearances and 35 goals for the club and what happened when he got the sack from Dave Whelan as manager of the Latics following a heavy home defeat by Mansfield.
Graham gives his opinion on the current Amr Zaki situation and his own experiences dealing with players and agents, he also talks fondly about his good friend and ex-Latics legend Roberto Martinez who is now the manager of Championship club Swansea City and how he always knew he was destined to be successful.
This episode also features music from Coldplay, Genesis, The Jam and Steve Harley.
If you subscribe to itunes you can download the Latics Speyk podcasts to listen to whenever you want, its easy, just load up your itunes then click the itunes store button on the left side of the screen…then click on podcast, type Wigan Athletic into the search and low and behold there we are, Latics Speyk, why not subscribe, its free and you will get notified as soon as each new episode is broadcast.
You can listen to the current episode of the podcast now by clicking on the player here:
Date:Wednesday April 8 2009
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