Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Tuesday November 24 2009
Sunderland star and former Wigan Athletic midfield man Lee Cattermole has responded to Latics chairman Dave Whelans claims that former boss Steve Bruce made some poor signings whilst at the club by saying that Whelan is trying to deflect attention from Roberto Martinez following the 9-1 defeat at Spurs.
Well maybe he is to a certain degree and who can blame him but Whelan is right in what he is saying and Cattermole is talking rubbish even getting facts wrong, maybe he is trying to take some of the heat off his own boss before he returns to the DW Stadium on Saturday for the first time since he left back in May.
Lets look at what Cattermole says: 'I like Dave Whelan. I think he's a good chairman - a footballing chairman.
'But I don't understand where he is coming from with this.
'When you look at the guys Steve bought for Wigan, you just can't argue with his record - Wilson Palacios, Antonio Valencia - they were sold for big, big money.
'Not everyone's going to be a big hit but I can't understand Dave Whelan attacking the gaffer.
'I think he is just trying to take the heat off the new manager.
'You look at the signings the gaffer made at Wigan and, to be honest, I thought they were all good.'
Well first off Antonio Valencia wasn`t a Bruce signing, he`d been at the Latics 18 months before Steve Bruce arrived, Paul Jewell was the instigator of that signing, Wilson Palacios he can have and a wonderful signing that was, but, Olivier Kapo, Daniel DeRidder, Richard Kingson, Marlon King, Erik Edman and Ben Watson have hardly set the place on fire with Kapo, King and Watson costing a combined £10 million add to that fat contracts and Whelan does have a point.
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Date:Tuesday November 24 2009
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