Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 25 December 2014

Martinez won't rush for Latics exit

Roberto Martinez, pictured, has been tipped to succeed David Moyes as Everton manager
Roberto Martinez, pictured, has been tipped to succeed David Moyes as Everton manager

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez insists he has no intention of leaping aboard the "success train" out of the DW Stadium.

Martinez has been courted by Aston Villa and Liverpool over the past two summers and is favourite for the Everton job. His stock can hardly be much higher following Saturday's FA Cup final triumph over Manchester City. Yet Martinez is not like most managers. By his own admission his players play in a manner no other relegation-threatened side would try.

And, whilst the former Swansea boss did not give any assurances over his future, it is clear any parting would be well thought through. "There is a right time and wrong time to leave. Only myself and Wigan will know when it is the right time," he said. "But I don't believe it is just about jumping on the success train."

Martinez added: "Football should be about working with long-term ambitions and giving opportunities to youngsters."

Latics chairman Dave Whelan, who said on Sunday his instincts tell him Martinez will remain at the DW Stadium beyond the end of the season, insists his Wigan players are ready for the huge challenge of adding Barclays Premier League survival to their stunning FA Cup triumph.

Wins for Norwich and Newcastle and a draw for Sunderland means anything less than a victory over Arsenal at the Emirates on Tuesday will all but condemn the cup winners to relegation before a final-day clash with Aston Villa.

Whelan said: "We know what we've got to do. The lads know the job is still there. We've got to go to Arsenal and perform and we've got to perform at home and beat Villa. They're all aware of it and they're up for it big time."

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