Decision looming over Martinez future

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez (left) and Wigan Athletic Chairman Dave Whelan

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez (left) and Wigan Athletic Chairman Dave Whelan

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DAVE Whelan has held talks with Roberto Martinez over his future and believes the Spaniard will make a decision whether to stay at Wigan in the next 24 hours.

“Roberto has asked for 24 hours to think about what is going on,” Whelan told BBC Sport. “Tomorrow is D-Day.”

Martinez, 39, has been linked with Everton, Stoke City and Malaga but Whelan is hopeful his manager will stay.

“I had a meeting with Roberto at noon today (Wednesday),” the Wigan chairman said.

“It was very constructive and Roberto is a very honest person to talk to. He is so disappointed at getting relegated, as I am, that I don’t think he has come round yet to the idea that we have just got to gear up, accept it - that’s football - and get back as soon as possible, that’s next season.

“Tomorrow it is a straightforward meeting and he is going to say ‘yes I want to stay at Wigan Athletic’ or ‘I wish to move and take my services elsewhere.’”

Martinez played for Wigan 229 times between 1995 and 2001 when they were a Football League side, winning the Auto Windscreens Shield in 1999. He has taken charge of 175 games as manager