Stuart Gray faces an old “student” tonight hoping to show that he is still the master.
Wigan’s new manager Uwe Rosler was a player at Southampton when Gray was in charge.
The Owls and former Saints boss marked Rosler down then as a student of the game and is not surprised than he has risen up the managerial ranks. “Uwe was a player brought in by Glenn Hoddle and suddenly I took over,” says Gray. “I remember him missing a sitter at Leeds!
“He was always asking questions; he was a student of the game, was keen to do his coaching courses; I’m pleased he got the job at Wigan.
“Hopefully I’ll have a glass of wine with him after the game - but with a smile on my face.”
Rosler moved from Brentford - where Owls centre half Martin Taylor had a loan spell this season - to replace Owen Coyle at Wigan earlier this month.
The Latics’ 3-2 win against Bolton on Sunday ended a run of six successive defeats going back to November, though two of them were in the Europa League.
Rosler was pleased with the way the players adopted his tactics of a high-tempo, pressing game that denied opponents time on the ball - a clue to how they may play tonight.
He said: “The team responded very well to the tactics we have set out, pressure high, pressure all over the pitch, attacking-minded football.
“The first 35 minutes was very, very good; that’s the way I want to play. The players were very good in executing that on the pitch.”