Whelan wants answers

Wigan Athletic v Swansea City: Franco Di Santo down in the dumps after the game
Wigan Athletic v Swansea City: Franco Di Santo down in the dumps after the game

WIGAN Athletic boss Roberto Martinez will meet with Dave Whelan this morning to discuss the wreckage following the dismal home defeat at the hands of Swansea.

Latics remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League after a seventh home defeat of the campaign against Martinez’s former employers.

After finding themselves two goals down by the hour mark, woeful Wigan couldn’t even muster a response when the Swans were reduced to 10 men for the last half-hour following the dismissal of Nathan Dyer.

Whelan was suitably unimpressed with what he’d seen that he immediately went on Radio Five Live to vent his spleen, calling the performance ‘our worst in four or five years’.

“I will have a meeting with him and ask him some questions about the performance and his selection,” Whelan said.

“We had three quality players on the bench. There must have been a reason for it. But I really don’t know why.”

There is no suggestion whatsoever that Martinez’s job is on the line, given the rock-solid understanding between the two men.

But the chairman is keen for an explanation as to why Momo Diame, Victor Moses and Hugo Rodallega were left kept on the leash until the second period.

“Roberto Martinez’s future is secure - he has done a great job for the club,” added Whelan.

“He is a good manager. He is a very honest, straight-forward gentleman.

“He will put his cards on the table. I will put mine on the table and we agree to disagree.

“He is the boss, and I support him. He has been excellent for us.”

In fairness to Martinez, there were mitigating factors behind all three of his star names being left on the bench.

Moses and Diame had only returned to Wigan the day before the game after midweek international duty took them to South Africa and Rwanda respectively.

Rodallega, on the other hand, has misfired for most of the campaign and has contributed just one goal – a deflected effort against Sunderland - in open play.

The Spaniard, though, was in no mood to shift the buck after the game, and insisted all criticism should fall on his shoulders.

“I take responsibility for the result,” he said. “I am disappointed with the result and the performance.

“This was the impossible week for us with players arriving as late as Friday night after a nine-hour flight.

“Against Swansea you need to be very fit and we weren’t at that level.

“But it is a reality check for us because we were nowhere near the levels we have been.”

Meanwhile, Martinez will go ahead with his planned meeting with the Wigan Athletic Supporters Club on Monday night.

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