Now it’s time to talk - Martinez

Roberto Martinez thanks the fans on the club's final day in the Premier League
Roberto Martinez thanks the fans on the club's final day in the Premier League

ROBERTO Martinez has promised his forthcoming discussions with Dave Whelan over his future will lead to “the right decisions” being made for Wigan Athletic.

The Latics manager and his chairman will sit down to plot the way forward after Wigan said goodbye to the Premier League after eight years at the top table.

The situation is further complicated by reported interest in Martinez from Everton, who will this week step up their efforts to find a successor for David Moyes.

And Martinez was giving little away after seeing Latics conclude their programme with a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa.

“Sometimes it’s good to have a little bit of breathing space and reflect and make sure we sit down with the chairman and make the right decisions,” the Spaniard said.

“But that doesn’t mean anything is decided. Next season for Wigan is an incredible campaign.

“It’s the first time we’re going to be in Europe, and we don’t go into the qualifying rounds, we go straight into the group stages, which means you’ve got six games guaranteed.

“We’ve got to defend the FA Cup, and then you’re involved in a competition where you have to play 46 games.

“We need a large squad, we need the youngsters to be ready.

“You saw today three or four players who have been working extremely hard.

“The structure’s working at the football club and we need to be very excited for the future.

“We’ve got the best chairman ever.

“He said this morning he won’t stop until he gets Wigan Athletic back into the Barclays Premier League, and when he says something like that, you better believe him.”

There were plenty of tears at the end of the game during the Wigan players’ lap of appreciation with the FA Cup.

And Martinez insists the success story that is Wigan Athletic is nowhere near over despite the disappointment of relegation.

“I’m very proud. When you enjoy the moments that we had with our fans, you can only feel proud,” he added.

“It’s been an emotional week.

“We’re always a unique football club, we’ve been doing that season after season.

“Even in relegation, we have to do it in the most unique way – winning the FA Cup and getting relegated, the first team that has ever done that.

“It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions this week but when you have the supporters that we have, they are the reason why we are so proud of our football club.

“We need to get stronger in the league and regain our Premier League status.

“I think, over the last eight seasons, we’ve made sure everyone knows Wigan Athletic belongs at this level.”