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During an international break, you tend to see clubs keeping their ongoings close to their respective chests.

However, if newspaper rumours are anything to go by this international break seems to be anything but a quiet one for Wigan Athletic.

There’s been strong speculation that new manager, Warren Joyce, has been stamping his authority on the squad, after he witnessed the lowest of the low during the 3-0 home defeat to Reading.

Before I elaborate, I would just like to say that these rumours originated from the Sun, however, that doesn’t mean I endorse that ‘paper in any way, shape or form – I just found what they published rather intriguing.

The first piece of news that caught my eye was that Joyce is reportedly considering bringing in his own backroom staff made up of ex-Manchester United coaches Paul McGuinness and Jimmy Ryan, as well as United legend Paul Scholes on a part-time contract.

I don’t know whether there’s any truth in those rumours, but they definitely excite me.

I’ve been calling for Joyce to bring in his own coaching team since day one, as it will undoubtedly help him earn the respect of the players so he can change their attitude and mentality.

The other story was that Dan Burn’s future at the club could be under scrutiny after an ‘altercation’ with his new boss.

Now, I’m not singling out Burn because that would be unfair. He isn’t the only player who has underperformed more than once this season.

Having said that, harsh words were needed after the Reading performance. Some players had to be reminded they were professionals because they were clearly sulking about Gary Caldwell’s departure.

So all of the above could, in fact, be complete lies, but if they aren’t we’re certainly heading in the right direction in my opinion.

Here’s hoping that we come out fighting following the international break and we get a positive result at Barnsley.

Twitter: @kieranmaksports

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