Jewell scoffs at top-four talk
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Paul Jewell has branded 'ridiculous' claims Wigan could claim a top-four finish.
Paul Jewell has branded 'ridiculous' claims his Wigan Athletic team could be contesting UEFA Champions League qualification.
The Latics have once again confounded many of the pre-season expectations - Wednesday's victory at West Ham sees Jewell's team ensconced in the Premiership's mid-table.
The team's form in recent months has been such that some observers have even championed them for a tilt at the top-four, though Jewell is keeping his feet firmly planted.
"Let's have it right - this is our second year in the top flight of English football," Jewell told Sky Sports News.
"27 or 28 years we've been in the league so for people to think we'll be in those Champions League positions is ridiculous."
Meanwhile, Leighton Baines has claimed being handed the Latics captaincy by Jewell has brought out a new side to his game.
Baines has been handed the armband in the absence of the injured Arjen de Zeeuw and the left-back revealed the Dutchman has been giving him tips on the role.
"It is a privilege to be captain and a great experience for me," said Baines.
"I feel it is bringing out new things in me.
"I am very proud to be leading the team out and doing things around the club that normally I would not have the privilege of doing.
"I would like to do it on a long-term basis and hopefully I can keep the armband - but we would all rather have Arjen back in the team.
"He is the captain and he is the main man around the place. I am learning things off him and he is showing me the ropes with what I need to be doing which is nice."