Wadsworth delighted

Last updated : 02 January 2002 By The Chairman
Mick Wadsworth has spoken of his delight at the start he has made in the hot-seat at Boundary Park, and has stressed his happiness in the job. After 12 league and cup games in charge at Boundary Park, his side areseventh in the table, just one point off the promotion play-off places.

They have lost just once and are also inthe semi-final of the LDV Vans Trophy and the third round of the FA Cup. And Wadsworth said, “It has been enjoyable, rewarding, challenging, demanding, tiring - but all those things I enjoy.” The former England coach is the first man to arrive at Boundary Park every day and later plans the day with his coaching staff at a morning meeting.

He said, “It is an enjoyable environment from the moment you come into the club - there is a happy and very positive atmosphere.” Wadsworth has plenty of Premiership experience to call on and still feels he was not given much of a chance at his previous club, Southampton. He was shown the door after just eight games as assistant manager and is now channelling all his energies into bringing success back to The Latics.

Wadsworth said, “If a club is going to have lasting success, then what we do in the next two years is very pertinent in terms of stability and strong foundations. It is easy to spend other people's money and I haven't come here to do that. Lots of clubs have thrown money at it and end up worse off. If the team underachieves and the crowds drop, it doesn't take rocket science to realise you could have a club in trouble. We are making progress and some of our football at times has been terrific without being spectacular. But we have started to move up the table, we are still in two cup competitions and a lot of hard work is beginning to pay off.”