Martinez - I hope my playing style continues

Former Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez celebrates with assistant manager Graeme Jones when the pair were at Wigan
Former Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez celebrates with assistant manager Graeme Jones when the pair were at Wigan

ROBERTO Martinez hopes Wigan Athletic will stay true to the footballing principles he introduced under their new manager next term.

The Spaniard will kick-off next term as Everton’s new manager after four years with Wigan.

He was powerless to prevent Latics dropping into the Championship at the end of last term, although he did deliver the greatest day in the club’s history with the FA Cup final triumph last month.

Latics hope to unveil Martinez’s successor in the next 48 hours after conducting interviews throughout this week.

And, whoever the new man is, Martinez believes Latics can and will play their way back into the top flight.

“I hope they do – I hope the philosophy is something that can be embraced,” Martinez told the Evening Post.

“In many ways, it represents what Wigan Athletic has become these days.

“We have a clear indication by the club winning a major trophy in the FA Cup that it is well worth investing in such a philosophy and a style.

“But that has to be a choice from the fans, the chairman, the board and of course the new manager.

“In football, there is no right or wrong – it is all about opinions and beliefs and taste.

“Personally, I feel that the style we worked on for four years can get even stronger, and allow the club to work in a different market.

“Hopefully that philosophy will be a strong part of the new Wigan Athletic for a long, long time to come.”

The situation surrounding Martinez’s successor should hopefully become a lot clearer by the weekend.

Chairman Dave Whelan said he was looking to make an appointment this week, with the new Championship campaign kicking off on August 3 and the squad due back for pre-season training at the start of next month.

The bookies have been chasing shadows during the process, with no fewer than SIX joint-favourites heading the market on Monday.

By last night, two names had emerged as the frontrunners, in the shape of former Bolton boss Owen Coyle and ex-England head coach Steve McClaren.

Don’t miss tomorrow’s Evening Post for an exclusive double-page interview with Martinez reflecting on his Latics reign and an emotional parting message to the fans.