Martinez ‘real star of Euros’

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WIGAN Athletic’s standing in the game has been given a massive shot in the arm by Roberto Martinez’s impressive punditry at the European Championship.

That’s according to chairman Dave Whelan, who believes his manager has been head and shoulders above any other ‘expert’ used by either the BBC or ITV.

As a result, Whelan reckons the Latics brand will have received a significant amount of reflected glory.

“Everyone is obviously fully aware of how knowledgeable Roberto is regarding football – especially Spain and the way they play,” Whelan told the Evening Post.

“I just think he comes across so well, and it reflects so, so positively for Wigan Athletic.

“I am obviously biased, but I honestly believe he has been the best pundit we’ve seen during the Euros – on either channel.

“He just enjoys watching football. He can’t get enough.

“He is football mad, and you can see that when you talk to him or hear him on the telly.”

Martinez is back in Wigan after his month-long stint on the ITV couch alongside Adrian Chiles, and will welcome his first-team squad back for the start of pre-season training at the end of this week.

As things stand, he will be five players lighter than at the end of last term, after the departures of Hugo Rodallega, Momo Diame, Chris Kirkland, Steve Gohouri and Hendry Thomas.

Martinez originally wanted to have the ‘four or five’ new acquisitions he’s seeking on board before the Euros.

But Whelan insists there’s still plenty of time to get their summer shopping sorted.

“The market’s not started yet, it’s still early days,” he added.

“I’d say it’ll be another week, maybe even a fortnight before it all gets going.

“Everybody – players, managers, agents – are still getting over the Euros, and that’ll be the case for a few days yet.

“It’s all quiet on the Western Front at the moment. Nothing to report.”