Caldwell defends Latics' commitment
Published 12/02/2013 | 18:11
Wigan captain Gary Caldwell has stressed to the club's fans that he and his team-mates are working hard on their warm-weather training camp.
The Latics - currently second-bottom of the Barclays Premier League, three points adrift of safety with 12 games to go - are in Tenerife this week and pictures have been posted on Twitter of squad members lying by the pool.
Regarding those images, defender Caldwell has issued a statement on behalf of Wigan's players on the club's official website, saying: "Like many other teams at this time of year, we have travelled abroad to undergo a warm-weather training camp."
The statement continued: "We are training twice a day in the heat and the squad is really being put through its paces, more so than we probably could have done at home, judging by the temperatures back there.
"Some of the long-term injured boys have travelled with us too and there is a fantastic spirit of togetherness in the camp when we go away on trips like this, the sort of spirit that got us through last season and will help this one too.
"We've been on similar trips before to Oman and La Manga and it's always worked for us.
"Obviously, you need your downtime, but we realise that one or two pictures of players lying by the pool that appeared on Twitter may have came across as disrespectful to our supporters, and so we have decided ourselves as a group to take them down to avoid confusion.
"I can assure each and every one of our fans that the players are totally committed and focused on the fight to keep our club in the Barclays Premier League.
"The fans have been different class all season, as they have been since I came to Wigan.
"We are all fighting together, fans and players, for the good of our club and I'm sure we will continue sticking together in the crucial weeks and months ahead."