Whelan ready to spend
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Dave Whelan has pledged to back Wigan boss Paul Jewell in the transfer window.Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has pledged to back manager Paul Jewell in the January transfer window, but insists the club will not be pushed into making any rash purchases.
The Latics started the season in storming form, and are well on course to retain the maiden Premiership status they won last summer.
Jewell has also guided them to the semi-finals of the Carling Cup, and the promising boss is keen to add to the squad ahead of what could be a gruelling 2006.
Wigan have already agreed a deal for Austrian international Paul Scharner, and are closely following Turkish striker Fatih Tekke, and Whelan says he is ready to hand Jewell more funds in an effort to improve the squad at The JJB Stadium.
However, the Latics supremo was keen to emphasise he will not be spending for the sake of it.
"What we don't want to do is sign out of desperation," Whelan told Sky Sports News.
"We're in a position now where we can think about where we can look.
"We have a couple of signings to do, we're doing all that and are going to strengthen the squad if we can."
Whelan also indicated that Jewell can expect a windfall should Wigan maintain their place in the top division.
"We'll strengthen where we can, wait until the end of the season, and if we prevail and stay in the Premier League then we will make money available to Paul," Whelan continued.
"I've said before, this year is survival and next season we want to be in Europe."
One route to continental competition could be the Carling Cup after Wigan saw off Bolton 2-0 on Tuesday night to clinch a place in the last four.
Whelan admitted to being surprised at the victory over Sam Allardyce's accomplished Bolton outfit, but revelled in the upward curve The Latics find themselves enjoying.
"I didn't really fancy us to beat Bolton because they had a very strong side out, but again we played remarkably well.
"Against Newcastle we didn't put a full squad out, Paul put squad players in against a Newcastle full squad, and we played absolutely brilliantly against Newcastle.
"We played so hard, and it's fantastic we keep winning and we're in the semi-finals."