Whelan confident over Martinez

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan is increasingly confident FA Cup-winning manager Roberto Martinez will stay.

Last Updated: 23/05/13 at 16:50 Post Comment

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan is increasingly confident FA Cup-winning manager Roberto Martinez will lead their bid for promotion back to the Premier League.

After two days of meetings which were supposed to decide the Spaniard's future it seems what the chairman chooses to do over the weekend will be the significant factor.

Martinez had told Whelan yesterday he wanted 24 hours to think about his position but having returned for more talks the 39-year-old's focus seems to have been purely on advancing Wigan as a club.

That has given Whelan renewed hope his manager of four years will not seek pastures new, with Everton, Stoke and even La Liga side Malaga speculated on as potential destinations.

He has now gone away to work out if and how he can bring Martinez's proposals to fruition.

"We have had a good, constructive talk - nothing about wages it is all about the club and can we move it forward in terms of the training facilities and youth development," Whelan told Press Association Sport.

"It is all tied up in that. He wants to do certain things and I'm hoping I can assist in that but I'm not going to say I can if I can't and I want to look at it over the weekend.

"If he wanted to move he would've said 'I'm going'. It is nothing to do with his personal benefit - we both want to make the club to be better.

"I have asked him certain questions in terms of what we can develop.

"I don't want to say yes until I've had time thinking about it and things like planning permission.

"It is definitely not that difficult to be spending on the training ground and we have looked very seriously at that.

"We have had some good news from the planning office in relation to what we want to do will be acceptable.

"It will be Monday before I can promise anything."

Wigan are already revamping their academy to meet Elite Player Performance Plan Category One standards but Martinez appears to want to put deep-rooted changes in place to provide a solid base for the club in the future.

Following their relegation from the Premier League the feeling outside the club is the Latics will struggle to get back into the top flight.

But Martinez, whose stay at the club would signal his confidence they can make a swift return, wants Premier League standards applied throughout regardless.

"He is just bothered about the future of the club. It is absolutely for the benefit of the club," added Whelan.

"Whatever happens Roberto always wants to improve the club and wants to improve the development with youth - which I agree with entirely."

Whelan insists he is not worried about the future of his manager, with whom he has enjoyed a close relationship since signing him first as a player in 1995 and then again as a manager in 2009.

"We are not losing one bit of sleep over it," he added.

"It was quite positive yesterday and I'm hoping, whatever the decision we get, it will be in the interests of Wigan Athletic and that is the most important thing."


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