Roberto Martinez Commits to Wigan, But Only After Liverpool & Aston Villa Turn Him Down

DW Stadium side keep their boss, but only after he fails to secure two positions he clearly wanted.

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Roberto Martinez agrees to stay at Wigan for next season

Roberto Martinez has committed his future to Wigan, according to chairman Dave Whelan.
Martinez held talks with both Liverpool and Aston Villa before confirming he plans to remain in charge at the DW Stadium.

He returned from a holiday in Barbados this week to the promise of renewed investment at Wigan from his chairman.
“We’re just so pleased that he’s staying with us for another season,” Whelan told Sky Sports.

Martinez spoke with Whelan on Wednesday and was assured plans for a new £1.5m indoor training pitch would be pushed through as well as money for new signings.

He added: “We want Roberto to be happy at Wigan and we’ll be aiming to make sure we do everything to help him.

“We’ve discussed a lot of things and it was a productive afternoon. He’s got two years left on his current contract and we will be looking to extend that.

“We’ve also agreed to build up the academy and the training facilities.”


The idea that Roberto Martinez has ‘committed’ to Wigan is a slightly confusing one. It does after all seem fairly probable that the DW Stadium boss is only sticking with the Latics because having held talks with both Liverpool and Aston Villa, the Spaniard appears to have not been offered either post.

Unless of course we are supposed to believe that the 38 year old had no intention of leaving Wigan at all, which is of course fairly clouded by the fact that he happily entered into talks with both Anfield and Villa Park sides.

It’s akin to being in a ‘committed’ relationship with a partner, then trying to start a relationship with someone else who is better looking, then after failing to do so, going back to your original other half and celebrating the fact that you have ‘committed’ to them.

Unless of course we are to believe that Roberto Martinez conducted interviews with both Liverpool and Aston Villa, was offered either, or indeed both posts, but decided that he simply could not leave struggling Wigan. Is that believable?

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