DW Stadium

Next Game

Wigan v Reading

Saturday, 09 August 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Spotland Stadium

Last Game

Rochdale 2 - 1 Wigan

Saturday, 19 July 2014, 15:00

Friendly Match

Whelan: League is the priority

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan insists the club's main priority this season is reclaiming their place in the Premier League.

Last Updated: 09/03/14 at 15:13 Post Comment

Dave Whelan: With FA Cup in the Wigan Youth Zone

Dave Whelan: With FA Cup in the Wigan Youth Zone

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

The Championship side continue their defence of the FA Cup against Manchester City this weekend and, despite the joy and emotion Whelan still feels when reflecting on last May's heroics, top-flight status remains his ultimate goal.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, he said: "Manchester City this weekend will be tough. We were the underdogs against them at Wembley last May and were very, very popular winners throughout the world.

"We are going to go there with intentions of trying to stay in the FA Cup - obviously we will try to retain it - but Manchester City will be looking for their revenge.

"That said, our No 1 ambition this season is promotion back to the Premier League. The FA Cup is special, but the main priority for us is the league, the finest league in the world.

"We have a great team spirit at the moment, our boys are full of confidence and hopefully we can get into the play-offs to give us a chance to return there.

"And in Uwe Rosler, we have a totally, totally brilliant manager. He is straight down the line, straight to the point and makes the players train seriously hard.

"He has been a revelation for us and has put everything back together again. Since he arrived, we have played great football."

Whelan was speaking from the Wigan Youth Zone, a project he is hugely proud to have played a major role in setting up.

The facility - which he affectionately calls the Wigan Boys and Girls Club - offers a number of activities and classes to as many as 8,500 members from around the local area. It was set up in partnership with Technogym and the venture is now recognised as a centre Inspired by London 2012 with youngsters able to work with the equipment used by the stars of the Olympics.

"I used to go to Wigan Boys Club and three of us in the town decided we needed this facility so we got together, put the money forward, and built this," he said.

"The Prime Minister came to open it for us and he reckons it is the best he has ever seen in his life.

"It's more than just sports here. We teach the girls cooking, teach them hairdressing, the kids play football, table tennis, we have a brass band, dancing classes, it's absolutely wonderful for the youngsters of Wigan.

"We now have 8,500 members and this place is packed every single night and every weekend. It is a magical place and we could do with one of these in every town and every city throughout the UK."

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Friendly: Raheem Sterling earns Liverpool 1-0 pre-season win over Olympiakos in Chicago

Raheem Sterling scored a lone early goal as Liverpool beat Olympiakos 1-0 in Chicago in the International Champions Cup.

Transfer news: Brendan Rodgers coy as Liverpool's bid for QPR's Loic Remy collapses

Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Liverpool have pulled out of a deal to sign Loic Remy but refused to clarify why.

Transfer news: Liverpool sign Croatia defender Dejan Lovren from Southampton

Liverpool have completed the £20million signing of Croatia centre-back Dejan Lovren from Southampton.

Mail Box

Are Pre-Season Tours Really A Problem?

Are pre-season tours really a problem? Liverpool went to Australia last summer and it didn't prevent them from having a good season. Plus, thoughts on LvG and keepers...

It Isn't Easy Supporting Spurs, You Know

We have a long mail about the travails of supporting Spurs, plus Friday thoughts on Marko Marin, marketing, victory v beauty, travelling and vanishing sprays...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property