Martinez keeping it real

Roberto Martinez
Roberto Martinez

ROBERTO Martinez has pledged he will not put the future of Wigan Athletic in jeopardy by chasing a quick fix during the transfer window.

Latics have made three signings so far this month – Roger Espinoza on a free transfer from the MLS and loan duo Angelo Henriquez and Joel Robles – without spending a penny.

In contrast, rock-bottom QPR have signalled their intention to spend their way out of the drop zone, with Loic Remy having arrived for a record fee and massive wages from Marseille.

With Antolin Alcaraz, Adrian Lopez and now Ivan Ramis sidelined through injury, Martinez could certainly do with some reinforcements across the back.

But he’ll continue to cut his cloth accordingly – to safeguard the club in the long-term.

“We would never put our football club in danger by spending what we haven’t got,” Martinez insisted.

“We pride ourselves on running the club in a good way so the fans have no need to worry.

“We want to reinvest money in our structure and our playing squad, but we know our limitations and we would never get into any trouble.

“Whatever other clubs spend is down to them, and I’m sure everything is in control.

“If you want to be involved in the best league in the world – that is what happens and I wouldn’t want it any other way.”

Martinez also refused to criticise Rangers for their policy of splashing the cash this month.

“Internally, as a football club, you need to spend the money you can afford,” he added.

“And if QPR can afford the money that is being mentioned, then that is fantastic.

“As long as it doesn’t risk putting their future in a similar situation as we have seen with other clubs, I have no problem with it.

“Bringing in new players of a high calibre brings a fantastic, competitive edge to your football club.

“I think we all knew when Harry Redknapp took the job that QPR would be putting up a real fight for their Premier League status.

“I don’t think it’s been too much of a surprise as to what’s been happening.

“But it can only be good for the Premier League and the competition, and it’s up to the rest of us to be as good as they can be to compete.”

The loss of Ramis for the rest of the campaign to a serious knee injury picked up last weekend at Fulham was a crushing blow for Martinez.

But the Wigan chief will not be tempted to rush back Alcaraz, who himself is nearing a return after over four months out with a groin problem.

“Antolin is fully fit now but he won’t be quite ready for this weekend,” Martinez revealed.

“We’re going to take it day by day and adapt him back to work over the right timescale, but it would be very unfair to push him just because Ivan is out injured.

“At the moment he is probably up to 60 per cent match fit, and I will not risk him until he is back to 100 per cent. Adrian (Lopez) will re-join the group of Monday, which is a week ahead of what we expected, so we’re slowly getting numbers back.”