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Calm Martinez relaxes despite chaos

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has found watching the agony of other managers helps him relax in the heat of the Latics' latest battle to beat the drop.

For the third successive season Martinez finds himself staring at relegation from the Barclays Premier League, and with the odds again heavily stacked against his team.

Martinez said he knows of only one way to ease off in the current situation: "I watch football - I know, I'm quite sad. But I love watching football games and seeing other manager's problems on the pitch. I find it's quite relaxing."

Two years ago Wigan finished 16th and six points above the bottom three, repeating the position in the table last season, but only after winning their last two games to keep themselves up.

On this occasion, with seven games remaining, Wigan appear to be in a four-way fight with QPR, Blackburn and Bolton to avoid the fall into the Championship, with Wolves currently cut adrift.

In eating, sleeping and breathing football 24/7, for Martinez it means being nervous is not an option. "You haven't time to feel that way," added Martinez.

"I can guarantee you that if you could work 26 hours per day then you would be able to feel them. But you've honestly no time because you are preparing for games and making sure the team is as ready as it can be for every game.

"You learn from experience that you can affect many things, but not when you get too emotional about your job."

Although winning their last two matches, and taking 12 points from the last 21 on offer to give themselves a fighting chance, the Latics face a mountain to climb over the next three games.

First up it is Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tomorrow, followed by a home game with Manchester United on Wednesday, and then a visit to Arsenal a week on Monday.

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