Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Martinez future remains unclear

Roberto Martinez, pictured, held further talks with Wigan chairman Dave Whelan on Thursday

The future of Wigan manager Roberto Martinez will not be decided until next week but chairman Dave Whelan is positive about holding on to the Spaniard.

Martinez on Wednesday asked for 24 hours to consider his next move, but after meeting Whelan again on Thursday it is the chairman who has now gone away to consider whether he can match his manager's ambitions.

"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 want a day or two to look at it."

Whelan added: "I don't want to say yes until I've had time to think about it. 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 Barclays Premier League, the feeling outside the club is that 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.

"It is nothing to do with his personal benefit - we both want the club to be better," added Whelan. "If he wanted to move he would have said: 'I'm going'. He is just bothered about the future of the club."

Martinez has been linked with the vacancies at Everton and Stoke and it was expected that would be the topic of conversation at Thursday's meeting.

But Whelan insists he is not worried about the future of his manager, with whom he has a close relationship.

"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."

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