Martinez decides on Latics future

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez will decide his future today, according to chairman Dave Whelan.

The Spaniard has been linked with a number of clubs in recent weeks and the Latics’ relegation from the Premier League — despite also winning the FA Cup — has led to increased speculation about his future.

Whelan yesterday said today was ‘D-day’ for Martinez, but he remained hopeful that not only would the 39-year-old stay, but also agree a contract extension.

“We have had a constructive meeting today and Roberto wants 24 hours to speak to his wife and decide what he wants to do,” he said.

“He needs a bit of time, which I think is fair, and tomorrow we will know — it is decision day.”

Martinez, who has 12 months left on his existing contract, has been one of the front-runners for the vacant Everton job following David Moyes’ move to Manchester United.

However, Tony Pulis’ departure from Stoke would give him another Premier League option.

But there is also a chance Martinez will remain at the DW Stadium and try to get the club back into the Premier League at the first attempt.

“I told him exactly as I saw it: his future for the next two years lies with Wigan Athletic,” added Whelan.

“If he wants to opt out of his contract and go, then there is a bit of compensation to be paid but I hope that won’t be the case.

“I hope he stays but tomorrow I will be able to tell you.”


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