Emmerson Boyce – Maintaining Consistency as Football Captain

Emmerson Boyce – Maintaining Consistency as a Player and Captain

Interview By Declan Holt

The English born captain and defender for Wigan Emmerson Boyce has a heart of gold and a boot of steel. His is inspirational not only for his ability on the field but for his commitment to his side, the fans and the charities he is involved with.

After winning the FA cup in 2013 against Manchester City the Wigan side failed to avoid relegation from the Premier League. Although the team was sent back to the Championship, the FA cup win meant they were able to compete in the Europa League for the first time in the club’s history.

Up and down results throughout the Europa League saw the removal of Owen Coyle as coach with former Manchester City striker and Brentford boss Uwe Rosler taking over. Boyce, unshaken, was able to maintain his positive outlook as captain amongst a large amount of player changes, away games and instability.

Although the Championship League provided many challenges for his side, Boyce and his Latics were recently able to end Derby’s 12 match winning streak. Coach Rosler spoke highly of the team after the victory stating that it was the best away performance the side had made since joining the club. Wigan currently occupies the 19th position on the Championship table and Boyce has a strong vision to push his team upwards.

You have the record of playing the most games for Wigan in 2013/14, how do you keep up the consistency and avoid injury set backs?

With Championship, European and FA Cup fixtures last season, I feel it was a fantastic personal achievement to play in 57 out of 62 games. Recovery for me is key to maintaining my form like eating the right foods to repair and refuel the body. I am a strong believer in listening to my body in terms of rest and if I need any physiotherapy to keep on top of any niggles. As for consistency, I feel my recovery strategies prepare me well so that I can continually give the 100% game performance and keep my standards high.

As a captain and senior player I try my best to lead by example and hopefully inspire others on and off the pitch. I love to play football and intend to prolong my career for as long as possible. I aspire to achieve the success of other senior players such as Giggs, Lampard and Distin who are all older than me and still compete at the highest level. After breaking the Wigan Athletic all-time Premiership appearance record, I am determined to reach my next goal of promotion and add to my Wigan Athletic tally.

As a player how do you view the sacking of coaches? Do manager changes disrupt momentum or allow for a fresh start?

As a player I am always sorry to hear that someone has lost their job especially someone that I know. This has happened many times at clubs I have been at, but as a player we have to get on with it. Once a new manager has been appointed I know I’ve got a challenge to show him that I deserve to be in the team and in the starting line up. Change is sometimes good as it brings freshness and a refocus to the team as well as new ideas and leadership.

Do you think Uwe Rosler is under the same pressure as Owen Coyle due to their similar debut results?

To be honest I think Owen Coyle was always going be under huge pressure once we started to lose games, because of his Bolton connections. So I think it is a bit different to Rosler’s situation. Yes there will be pressure, this is natural but he has shown last season how good tactically he is. The fans have shown already that they are behind the manager and all the players are desperate for this season to be a success. We have had a slow start but I am more than sure everything will click and we will be challenging come end of the season.

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