McArthur confident Martinez will stay

James McArthur is chased by Jason Lowe of Blackburn Rovers
James McArthur is chased by Jason Lowe of Blackburn Rovers

JAMES McArthur remains confident Roberto Martinez will be around next season to continue his fine work at Wigan Athletic.

Latics are readying themselves for a renewed round of speculation concerning their manager following the departure of Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp on Wednesday night.

Martinez was immediately made a frontrunner for the post along with Everton boss David Moyes.

And in keeping with the bizarre nature of the managerial merry-go-round this summer, the Spaniard was also priced as 11/10 favourite for the Goodison hotseat should the Scot get the nod at White Hart Lane.

McArthur, though, is refusing to get carried away with the rumours, and insists no-one at the DW is worried about the gaffer jumping ship.

“As far as I know he is staying, and hopefully that is the case,” McArthur said.

“He’s a brilliant manager and as players we obviously all want him to stay, to continue pushing the club forward and hopefully cracking on into that top 10.

“Obviously with Harry Redknapp leaving Tottenham he’ll be linked with that job – and whoever does take over he’ll be linked with his old job.

“He’ll no doubt be linked with every other job that comes up this summer because of the fantastic work he’s doing at Wigan.

“But that’s no concern of ours at the moment.”

McArthur would be particularly loathe to see Martinez move on, having flourished under the Spaniard’s stewardship since arriving from Hamilton two seasons ago.

“He’s been excellent for my career, especially this past year,” added McArthur, who is undertaking a charity bike ride for Yorkhill Children’s Hospital in Glasgow next week.

“He’s given me the chance to step in and play some games, get a run in the side and it’s brought my game on no end.

“He’s made me become a better player in training as well as matches and I can only thank him for that.”

Former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas had taken over even-money favouritism for the Spurs job late last night, with Martinez out to 6/1 and Moyes at 4/1.

Meanwhile, former Latics favourite Kevin Kilbane has been linked with a player-coaching role at Championship outfit Barnsley.

The 35-year-old – back at Hull after loan spells at Huddersfield and Derby in the last two seasons – is currently away at the Euros as part of the BBC’s coverage.

Kilbane made 84 appearances for Wigan between 2006-9 before being offloaded by Steve Bruce, who has just taken over their reins at the KC Stadium.