New Luton Town signing Callum McManaman has revealed that he wouldn’t have accepted a new deal at Wigan Athletic, even if he had been offered one.
The midfielder had made over 100 appearances for the Latics during his first spell with the club, becoming something of a cult figure among Wigan fans during his first spell with the side between 2012 and 2014, but made just three starts in all competitions last season after returning to the club from Sunderland last summer, before being released at the end of the season.
Speaking to Wigan Today about his second spell at the club, McManaman admitted it had been far from what he expected, revealing: “I went there thinking I was going to play every game and kick on as I’d done well there before.
“But I knew from quite early on that I wasn’t going to get the chances I deserved.
“I actually did well off the bench, and I merited a start on a lot of occasions – and didn’t get it.”
With the winger’s deal only being a short term contract, it seems McManaman’s mind was quickly made up on his future, as he went on to claim: “To be honest, even if I got offered a new contract at Wigan I wouldn’t have stayed.
“I don’t think I would have played under that manager, so I was going to go anyway.”
Despite his disappointment, it appears the 28-year-old bears no grudge against his now former club, as he admitted: “That’s football, there’s no hard feelings.”
These are some strong claims from McManaman, who won’t be the only one to be disappointed by the way his time at the club ended.
There seemed to be plenty of excitement amongst Wigan fans when he returned to the club, so they to will surely have been underwhelmed by what played out subsequently, particularly given the promise that McManaman again showed when coming off the bench on occasions for the Latics last season.
The winger will now feel he has a point to prove next season, and his move to Luton will give him the chance to do that at Championship level next season.