Kit's Wigan Preview

Thursday 9 April 2015 17:00

It’s been a busy week for Friday’s opponents Wigan Athletic, who relieved Malky Mackay of his duties and moved to appoint former player Gary Caldwell as their new boss in a final bid to beat the drop.

Fulham Manager Kit Symons, though, says that his side will address the fixture no differently.

“We approach the game in the same way as if Malky was in charge,” he stated in his pre-match press conference. “We’ve done our homework on them as a team.

“Gary could come in and change things around dramatically, change the system, change the personnel, but we can only prepare and try and get as much information on the opposition as we can, which we’ve done, and prepare the players properly for that.

“I was a little bit surprised to see Malky go. It’s always disappointing and unfortunate when you see another manager lose their job.

“Unfortunately it’s the nature of the beast and it goes with the territory, but also we’ve had that a couple of times when we’ve played teams straight after a managerial change, so we’re used to it now.

“We’re at home in front of the Craven Cottage faithful so it’s down to us to take the game by the scruff of the neck and make sure we do the job.”

However, Symons was not overly surprised at the decision to appoint 32-year-old former Latics captain Caldwell on a permanent basis.

“He’s someone who knows the club very well,” Symons stated. “So in that respect it’s not too much of a shock. I’m sure they’ve got their reasons for doing it so it's not a massive surprise.”

Symons was also asked in the press conference about the influence of Alan Curbishley, who joined the club in an advisory capacity.

“It’s been a massive help to me, bringing in someone of Alan’s experience,” he admitted. “He’s been low key, he’s only come in for a short period of time and it’s all very relaxed.

“He’s a good football person and a good guy and he fits in perfectly with what we want to do at this Football Club.

“My staff have been excellent and what they’ve done is tremendous. They are young, diligent and very hard working, but what we haven’t got is that experience, which Alan has.”

There was speculation about the future of Patrick Roberts in the press this week, and while Symons admitted that it has not been the ideal season to throw the youngster in, he insists he has a big future with the Whites.

“Pat’s a really exciting young player who I think has got a huge future for this Football Club,” he stated. “This very, very challenging season in the Championship has probably not been an ideal time to blood a young player of Pat’s stature.

“It’s been difficult, he would have wanted a lot more game time which I understand, and I’d expect that to be the case, but he’s realistic about where the Club is and the situation we’re in, and he’s keen to help in any way he can.”

Tickets for Friday's game are available to purchase on General Sale, priced from £25 adults and £10 juniors. Prices increase by £5 on matchday.

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