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

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