Sunday 17 December 2017

Coyle: I've not had any offers for McCarthy

Wigan Athletic's manager Owen Coyle Picture: Nick Potts/PA.
Wigan Athletic's manager Owen Coyle Picture: Nick Potts/PA.

WIGAN manager Owen Coyle insisted the club had received no offers for James McCarthy despite the midfielder being linked with moves to Tottenham and Everton.

Coyle said: "There will always be speculation about good players but that's exactly what it is, speculation. I'm quite comfortable in telling you I've not had any enquiries or offers.

"If I did I would be the first to tell you.

"We've got good players. I wouldn't be surprised if there was interest but at the moment there's nothing to talk about."

Coyle, whose side failed to work United goalkeeper David de Gea throughout the 90 minutes, reiterated the club's desire to return to the Premier League at the first attempt, although he conceded it would be a tough challenge juggling the demands of the Europa League.


He said: "For Wigan it is an opportunity to play against very good sides. It is getting the balance right.

"Any game we enter we want to win so we'll do our best when that competition comes about.

"The level we want to get back to is playing against the Manchester Uniteds and the elite clubs every week. We'll take the lessons from today and move forward.

"We always knew it would be a tough afternoon. We conceded an unbelievable finish.

"I'm disappointed to lose the game but there were spells where we showed we could play."

Coyle also predicted Moyes would be a success at Old Trafford.

He added: "I've no doubts David Moyes will be very successful. He will take Manchester United from strength to strength.

"He's replaced the best manager we've ever seen in club football but he was the right person for the job, no doubt about it.

"It's great for up-and-coming British managers to see a club like Manchester United going with David Moyes because he has earned that right. I was hoping he would be successful after today but I'm sure he will go from strength to strength."

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