Haining diatribe needs explaining

Last updated : 28 April 2007 By The Chairman
Latics captain Will Haining is reported to have been stirring trouble if the article from the icWales website has any foundation. The day before Athletic went to play their vital game at Brighton Swansea City's Tom Williams reported that the Latics are "panicking" and that Haining had confessed that Oldham wouldn't win another game this season. Williams is reportedly good friends with the Latics skipper. He stated that Haining also believed that morale in the Boundary Park dressing-room has hit rock bottom. Swansea are one of the sides, and after the win at Brighton the only side, capable of overtaking the Latics and claiming a play-off spot.

The article from Williams read, "Oldham are in absolute free-fall, they've been falling for a long time and they're panicking. They'll be looking over their shoulders on Saturday and waiting anxiously to see our result at Carlisle. I know their captain (Haining) well because our girlfriends are good friends. That's how we met and we've known each other for years. After they beat us at our place he said they felt brilliant and thought they would go up. But when I spoke to him three weeks ago he told me, 'I can't see us winning another game this season.'

"They've absolutely gone, the manager's given them stick and they're getting abused by their own fans. That's just not the way it should be when you're going for the play-offs, but he said they're just waiting to be beaten at the moment. We've got nothing to fear because we're playing so well and everyone's raring to go."

It could be scare mongering, mind games or call it what you like but if the article is true it is not the kind of action expected from the captain of a team in a play-off spot. There has been no mention of the article on the Oldham official site but if it is proved to be true, Haining should be made to pay for coming out with such irresponsible diatribe. Could we have some response from the club please?