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Martinez set for Wigan talks

15 May 2013 17:28

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez will hold talks over his future with club chairman Dave Whelan after Sunday's home match against Aston Villa.

The DW Stadium outfit were officially relegated from the Premier League on Tuesday, with their eight-season stay in the top-flight ending at Arsenal, where they suffered a 4-1 defeat.

The result came just three days after Wigan clinched their first major trophy in their history, as they upset Manchester City 1-0 in a memorable FA Cup final.

Martinez - who has been chased by Liverpool and Aston Villa previously - is in demand and is almost certain to walk away from his post, and although Whelan wants him to stay and will try and persuade him to do so, he is all but resigned to losing the Spaniard's services.

"At the end of the season what we always do is get together and have a talk," Whelan told the BBC.

"Roberto is so honest and I'm honest with him. We put our cards on the table and whatever Roberto says we will accept and we will honour. We'd all love him to stay.

"He's being chased regularly by some very, very big and wealthy clubs around England.

"We'll have talks to persuade him; if we need to persuade him because he is a dedicated man.

"He goes by his word. He's so honest and we respect him enormously. Everybody in Wigan hopes that Roberto stays with us."

Whelan said he felt Wigan were doomed in their fight for Premier League survival after a 3-2 home defeat to Swansea last week but praised the club's achievement of winning the FA Cup.

"It's very unusual to win the cup and then get relegated. I don't think it has ever been done before," he said.

"Wigan Athletic have never won the cup and it was a fantastic achievement but the writing was on the wall when we lost to Swansea at home.

"We should have won that match, but it's football. We've got to fight our way back next season."

When quizzed about the 2013-14 campaign, Whelan said that Wigan would need to add extra bodies to their squad to cope with the increased fixtures they will play.

The Championship is contested over 46 regular season matches, eight more than the Premier League, while Wigan will also compete in the UEFA Europa League.

"We've got so many matches next season," he said.

"We've got Europe and there is 46 games in the Championship. It's a fantastic challenge and a challenge we've got to take on board and get on with it and fight our way back to the Premier (League)."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
19 May 2013
Game week
38
Kick-off
17:00
Half-time
2 - 1
Full-time
2 - 2
Venue
The DW Stadium (Wigan)
Attendance
23001

Goals

0 - 1
5' D. Bent
 (assist by G. Agbonlahor)
E. Boyce 20'
(assist by R. Espinoza) 
1 - 1
N. Baker (OG) 45'+2  
2 - 1
2 - 2
60' R. Vlaar
 (assist by J. Bennett)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
22
4 60'
27
34 41'
32 45+2'
16
15
18
9 5'
11
26
Coach: P. Lambert

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
11
20
44
1
9
28
27
# Player Bookings
24
21
38
1
8
10
31

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 34 +51 77
2 34 +42 75
3 33 +54 71
4 34 +18 67
5 34 +21 66
6 34 +0 60
7 33 +18 57
8 34 +5 48
9 34 -14 46
10 34 -10 43
11 34 -14 40
12 34 -9 37
13 33 -6 36
14 33 -14 34
15 34 -5 33
16 33 -11 33
17 34 -27 32
18 34 -40 30
19 34 -34 29
20 33 -25 26

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