Loyal Roberto has job to finish at Wigan

ROBERTO Martinez opened his heart to the Evening Post yesterday and exclaimed: “This club means everything to me!”

The Spaniard revealed that despite intense speculation linking him with the job at Aston Villa, as far as he was concerned there was no decision to be made.

He met with chairman Dave Whelan yesterday and agreed a new and improved deal at the club, taking him to the end of the 2013/14 season.

“Wigan Athletic means everything to me,” he declared.

“This club brought me to English football first and foremost and from then on I developed a very strong relationship with the fans and obviously I have a great relationship with the chairman.

“Wigan Athletic is a unique football club; it’s a club that defies the odds; it’s a club that follows people’s dreams.

“You look back to 1995 and the first thing the chairman said is he wants to build a new stadium and he wanted Wigan Athletic in the Premier League and I don’t think many people believed him then.

“Then here we are with that dream and that is what football is all about.”

He added: “Wigan Athletic will always be in my heart.

“One day Wigan Athletic will have had enough of me but at the moment I still feel I need to do certain things for the football club and I haven’t done them and until I do that it will be a privilege to be the manager.”

Whelan had given Villa permission to speak to Martinez over a week ago, proclaiming that he wouldn’t stand in Martinez’s way should he choose to leave Latics.

That didn’t bother Martinez, though, as the only interest he has at the moment is the progress of Wigan Athletic.

“It wasn’t a decision,” he explained.

“It’s just a matter of seeing where we are as a club at Wigan Athletic and obviously it is a very important moment to look forward to the future of the football club.

“The chairman is very focused and wants to carry on working in the same way we have in the last two seasons.”