Marshall On Wigan Hopes & Clarke Scotland Appointment

New Latics keeper eyeing top half finish in Championship

David Marshall signed a two-year deal with Wigan last week following his departure from Hull City.

The Scotland international stopper says it was an easy decision to join Paul Cook's men:

"I came down the week before, met the gaffer and the staff, so it just felt right, I spoke to them and obviously just made my decision over the weekend and came back on Monday and signed."

The 34-year-old missed the first couple of weeks of pre-season but says he feels in good shape after spending the first week of June away on Scotland duty:

"The Scotland thing was probably good fitness wise to keep going so it kept my eye in, it was good getting back playing as well so its probably helped to keep me a bit fitter than I would've been. 

"I've obviously missed the first ten days with the boys but I feel I'm all right and up to speed."

Asked if he's a fan of pre-season, Marshall was pretty honest in his response:

"Not really no, the physical stuff you need to do just to get fit but you want to just get the proper games started.

"I think come towards the end we've got a couple of good games in Everton and Burnley so that's when it starts kicking in."

Marshall finished 13th with Hull City last season and says a good start to the season is vital if Latics are to do well:

"There's a number of Championship clubs that probably don't know the answer to that question. 

"I played with Hull last year and we were bottom of the league really early then went on a good run at Winter and we were looking at playoffs so we just need to try get a good start.

"Obviously there are some new bodies coming in so we'll probably be a in a better position to answer that in a couple of weeks time.

"The boys finished very strongly (last season) so we can take confidence from that, there's very little between a lot of teams so we just need to get  a good start and hopefully its certainly top half and looking up."

Marshall knows what it takes to get promoted from the Championship having won promotion with Cardiff City in 2012-13 and says it's a tough division to get out of:

"It's very difficult, I've got a lot experience and a lot of games in this league, you can't get too down with the disappointments, you've got to take every game as it comes, you can't let yourself get too low.

"There's always a game three or four days later so its tough, its demanding but if we can stay fit and get a bit lucky that way I'm sure we'll do well."

Meanwhile, Marshall has a new international manager in Steve Clarke and he says he's the right man to lead Scotland forward:

"I think so, the experience he's got down south, who's worked with, and the teams he's managed, the amazing job he's done at Kilmarnock the last couple of years I think it was a no brainer.

"The camp there was great, everyone was positive about it, I think everybody could see what he was trying to do.  It was tough game against Belgium obviously but I think we will get better under the gaffer.

"I'm looking forward to meeting back up in September and trying to pick up points, it's a tough double header coming up but I think everybody will be right behind the manager now.

"Its a big thing that the fans buy into it as well and I think they have done."

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