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New boss Caldwell to be honest in Wigan first team selection

Newly-appointed Wigan Athletic manager Gary Caldwell has said that he will be honest with the players as he prepares for his first team selection ahead of their Championship clash with Fulham.

The defender has played for the club for five years and is well aware that he needs to pick the best team possible irrespective of his relationships with the players.

"I've thought about so many things, and I've obviously thought about that," said Caldwell, who turns 33 on Sunday.

"I remember seeing a programme on Ryan Giggs last year, when he got the job at Manchester United, and he said one of the hardest things was picking his first team and leaving mates out of the team and having to tell them.

"I want to do that in an honest way, and I'll always be up front with people. I want to start as I mean to go on, and when that happens I want to let people know as honestly as I can.

"The last team I picked was an under-13s team against an Irish select team that were over. We won 8-1 I think, so hopefully that's a good omen."

Wigan currently lie eight points from safety with five games left in the season suggesting Caldwell faces a daunting task to lead the club out of the relegation zone.

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