Roberto Martinez 'swinging towards' staying as Wigan Athletic manager, says chairman Dave Whelan
Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan feels Roberto Martinez is “swinging towards” staying as manager despite their relegation to the Championship, although he will not confirm it until Monday.
Although Whelan had expected Martinez to decide when he wanted to do when they met on Thursday, he has instead asked for budget assurances and confirmation the club will continue to invest heavily in the development of young players at its Academy.
Whelan has asked to look at the figures over the weekend before making any promises to the Spaniard, who would be a leading candidate to replace Tony Pulis at Stoke City, as well as David Moyes at Everton.
“He has postponed making a decision until Monday, but it was a very constructive meeting and he is asking all the right sort of questions,”said Whelan. “I think he is swinging towards staying at Wigan and I was encouraged by what he said. We chatted for an hour and I’m happy with the outcome.
“He is interested to know how we are going to push the club forward, how we are going to continue to develop our own players and the progress in moving into our new training ground.
“He wants me to make certain promises and I’ve told him I don’t want to make any promises I can’t keep, so I’ll have a look into things over the weekend and we’ll meet again on Monday.”
However, given the “open and honest” relationship Martinez has with Whelan, it is unlikely he would want to mislead the man who signed him as a player for Wigan in 1995 and then asked him to return as manager four years ago.
At 39, Martinez knows he is still young in managerial terms with a long career ahead of him, and while he would prefer to be in the Premier League, he seems to be willing to take on the challenge of getting Wigan promoted from the Championship.
In an interview with Telegraph Sport earlier this year, Martinez described being manager of Wigan as a “way of life” rather than a job. He has previously turned down an offer from Aston Villa, and was interviewed by Liverpool last summer before Brendan Rodgers became manager.