Martinez - 10 games are key

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez believes the next 10 Premier League games of the season could determine the club's future for the next 20 years.

Last Updated: 17/03/13 at 15:22 Post Comment

Roberto Martinez: Wigan boss determined to avoid relegation

Roberto Martinez: Wigan boss determined to avoid relegation

The Latics are currently in the Premier League relegation zone and six points from safety, although they do have two games in hand on Aston Villa in 17th, the first of which is the Super Sunday showdown with Newcastle United.

Wigan have escaped the drop against the odds in the past, winning seven of their final nine games last term to scramble clear of danger and remain in the top flight.

Increased funds will be available to clubs in the Premier League next term by virtue of a new television deal, with Martinez fully aware of the challenge which lies ahead.

He told The Times: "This season is the hardest battle there's ever been because the teams in the bottom three are all capable of getting out. But we have to stay up and we will stay up.

"The next 10 games in the league are so important for us to be fine for the next, probably, 15 to 20 years.

"The gap between the Championship and Premier League is going to be bigger and (avoiding relegation) would allow us to push towards different aims.

"The next step for Wigan has to be European football, the top 10. You work with that dream in mind and slowly we're ticking more boxes."

Four for one

Martinez has needed to be astute in the transfer market throughout his time with Wigan and explained how he looks to reinvest the funds from the sale of one key player by bringing in four new faces.

He said: "Every big first-team player we lose has to be replaced, ideally by four players. Two young players and two experienced ones.

"Because unless you spend more money than you get in, you won't replace a player like-for-like in our league and (by signing four players) the margin of error is smaller, you allow signings more time and you go towards a younger group.

"The players who come to Wigan have to be very specific in technical ability and tactical awareness. When you're a possession team trying to avoid relegation you have to be very conscious of every move because you can leave yourself exposed and it puts players under great pressure to think all the time."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

really enjoyed this. Thanks F365 for another year of work avoidance - happy Christmas.

megabrow (cufc)
Our Person Of The Year: Alan Pardew

I

m no Sam Fan and this article sums him up beautifully. I always like to imagine that when he watches anything on TV and hears clapping, he stands up and aknowledges the applause, thinking its for him!

cozens
Football Managers On TV: Sam Allardyce

N

ah, Fergie is just having another pop at Rooney. He just wants to put him down whenever he gets a chance. Rooney is by far the best English player. Carrick is not far behind, mind. However, by elevating Carrick like that, Sir is having a dig at Wayne. Fergie is well-known for mind games like that. Good to see he's still feisty.

timbo
Van Gaal will thrive - Ferguson

Footer 365

Premier League: Nemanja Matic says Chelsea can win quadruple

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic insists the Blues can win the quadruple this season.

Ronald Koeman facing selection crisis ahead of Southampton's match against Everton

Harrison Reed's impressive display against Everton has given Ronald Koeman a selection dilemma.

Scottish Championship: SFA has reject Rangers' request to increase Mike Ashley's shareholding in club

The SFA has turned down a request from Rangers to allow Mike Ashley to increase his shareholding in the club to 29.9 per cent.

Mail Box

Van Gaal's Half-Term Report Card...

One Man United fan isn't happy with the rate the team is progressing under Louis van Gaal, while the mailbox also wishes Liverpool fans a Merry Mid-Table Christmas...

Hang On, Rafa's Success Is No Fluke...

The afternoon mailbox kicks the morning mailbox's arse after claims that Rafa Benitez has fluked his success. Plus, big talk about Liverpool's progress and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property