Dino speaks

Last updated : 24 September 2019 By The Chairman

Dino Maamria has stated that he would like to take the Latics all the way to the Championship, after taking over from Laurent Banide.

He said, “That’s my vision. That’s why I agreed to take the job. I thought ‘how far can go I with this club’ and I think that’s achievable. Over how many years, I’m not going to look that far ahead. I’ve got to look at Saturday’s game and game-by-game first and foremost. Are we capable of promotion? There’s some talent here, they need some self-belief, confidence and organisation to make sure they win matches consistently. If we do that, we’ll get promoted this season. League Two is there for anybody to take charge of it. But you’ve got to prioritise. I’ve got to make sure I firstly give some spirit to the club, make sure I organise the team to win football matches and then the rest will take care of itself.”

He also talked about his dealings with the owner and the sporting director, his brother Mohamed Lemsagam. He went on, “I’d like to think I’m a good judge of character. They’re honest people and hardworking people, they’ve invested a lot of money in the football club and there’s no other reason for them to invest that amount of money if they don’t want success. They want to take the club to the Championship, they’re serious about it. They need a bit of help to do that. I’ll be the man hopefully to help them take this great football club back to the Championship at least.”