Coyle plays down McCarthy exit speculation

4 August 2013 17:46

Wigan Athletic have yet to receive offers for James McCarthy or any of the current squad, manager Owen Coyle has revealed.

McCarthy was part of the Wigan side that romped to a 4-0 victory at Barnsley on Saturday as Coyle’s opened the Championship season in some style.

The 22-year-old midfielder, who joined from Scottish club Hamilton Academical in 2009, is held in high regard and has been linked with a move to Newcastle United, but Coyle is keen to play down speculation he is set to leave the DW Stadium.

The Scot said: “I’ve not had any inquiries, let alone offers, for any of my players.

“But ultimately good players attract attention and there’s no getting away from it, James McCarthy is such a hugely talented player.

“And if there is any interest, he’ll be the first to know. Then as a club we decide what happens from there.”

Wigan, the 2013 FA Cup winners, are aiming to re-join the Premier League at the first time of asking following relegation in May.

Like Coyle, Wigan owner Dave Whelan is realistic about the club’s chances of holding on to their best players.

Whelan, though, will do what he can to persuade the keep the likes of McCarthy.

“We’re trying to keep hold of our best players,” Whelan told talkSPORT.

“I always promise the players who come to Wigan that if a big club comes in for them I will try and help them move because I know what it’s like when you’re playing football.

“You want to get to the top and it’s exciting to get to the top.

“However, we’re going to try and keep what we’ve got because there is such a fabulous feeling through the football club at present.”