Latics returning ‘larger-than-life’ Austrian was welcomed back with open arms by the fans of Wigan Athletic and also by the players, the thoughts of Emmerson Boyce and Mike Pollitt who played with him during his first spell are full of encouragement.
Boyce recalled Scharner’s ability as a player and said that he’ll be a great lift for the supporters.
“I’ve always got on well with Paul and it is great to see him back at the club.
“He’s going to be a great asset for the team until the end of the season because he’s a great character, a big voice on the pitch and he has the quality to still play in the Premier League.
“Paul has experience in surviving in the Premier League with the club and we will benefit from that experience in what is quite a young squad.
“He left the club on a good note and I’m sure the fans will be excited to see him if he’s involved at the weekend.”
Mike Pollitt was already at the club when Scharner joined for the first time in January 2006 and welcomed the 32-year-old back with open arms, and for more reasons than one.
“Paul came in this morning and it’s just like he’s never been away.
“I had a laugh with him when he came in and I think Paul’s character and attitude is going to be great for the club.
“As soon as I saw the jacket I wanted it on, he’s been waiting seven years to get that jacket out of the wardrobe and I think it’s becoming quite famous in Wigan now.”
Pollitt posted the picture (right) on Twitter this morning by saying:
@MikePollitt12 – “Guess who is back??”
Once reacquainted with Scharner, Pollitt recalled one of his early memories from the first time around by explaining:
“I remember when Paul joined, he had this Austrian tradition that he wanted to carry out with all the lads.
“Apparently when you get a new job in Austria you host a party for all your new colleagues and for some reason we ended up having it in his garage and he’d been to get some wood and knocked up all these chairs inside it.
“It was all the lads from the team and we just turned up thinking what’s going on here?
“I think it was a Thursday night and we had a game on the Saturday so nothing wild happened, he just brought out plates of meat and cheese.
“The whole idea worked though in the end because we had a great team spirit and he fitted in straight away.”