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SNEAK PEEK: From The Changing Room - Pete Wild

11 January 2019

In this weekend’s programme, Boundary Park Life, we spoke to Caretaker Manager Pete Wild about the fortnight he has just had.

Here is a sneak peak of what to expect.

It has been just over two weeks since the club brought in the current Caretaker Manager. Not a lot was expected of the young coach who had just recently taken over the role of Interim Academy Manager, but three wins later, including a historic Emirates FA Cup giant killing, Pete has got the town going Wild.

The Royton born 34-year-old is relishing the role and is finding his feet well in the first team environment.

In the short space of time since he was asked by owner Abdallah Lemsagam to lead the team, Pete Wild admits he now feels much more comfortable in the job.

"I feel more focused," he said.

"I feel more ready, I feel more drive to succeed and I'm desperate to keep things and the winning mentality going.

"I've got to take a pragmatic approach to things now and we've got to make sure we still throw caution to the wind but we've got to make sure we win the game.

"I've found it a great learning curve and something that I've really enjoyed, trying to get some of my ideas and performance models across to the players I'm working with whilst also trying to be myself."

Speaking in the build up to the match against Forest Green Rovers, Wild attributes his success so far down to being himself and not changing from his usual bubbly, social self around the club.

"I don't want to lose that authenticity that I've always had," he explains.

"If I'm myself then I am at my most comfortable and I'm not at war with myself. I've found that has been the right way to approach things.

"I'm not getting carried away, I'd like to call myself a pragmatic manager and I'll do what is needed to win games.

"Hopefully me and Chris [Millington] have created an environment where people can enjoy coming to work every morning.

"You get the best out of people when they enjoy coming to work. The big word around here has been 'trust.'

"We trust them, and if we trust them then they should trust themselves."

For the rest of Wild's interview make sure you pick up a copy of the programme tomorrow for just £3.

Whilst you're here...

The EFL annual general meeting, which took place over the summer, saw clubs vote to remove the obligation to print a programme at every home game.

Despite this change in the league rules, Latics will continue to produce a 64-page programme for every home league game and a reduced edition for cup matches - but it needs your backing.

While our club partners continue to support us, and fans still buy the programme in sufficient numbers, we will continue to produce a programme for the foreseeable future.


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