Wigan boss not satisfied with good performance in FA Cup.
Roberto Martinez has insisted that Wigan will have failed if they do not avoid relegation from the Premier League, according to The Guardian.
The Latics have booked a date with Manchester City in this year’s FA Cup final at Wembley but Martinez believes that will be a hollow achievement should the club fail to retain their Premier League status.
“We’re not going to hide the fact that we have to achieve our aim in the league to feel we have had a successful season,” the Wigan manager said. “I’m not going to deflect from that and try and hide behind the fact our FA Cup campaign has been a real success. The season will not be a success unless we achieve our aim in the league. To reach the targets we have on and off the pitch we need to stay in this league.”
Wigan are currently embroiled deep in the heart of a Premier League battle as they currently lie in 18th place.
But fans of the club can be optimistic knowing that though they are three points adrift from Aston Villa, they have two games to play on their relegation rivals.
Martinez has admitted that the season’s success relies on the club staying in the league for a ninth consecutive season.
The Spanish boss refused to allow the FA Cup to act as a mask for the club’s performance in the league and stressed that survival has far greater implications for the club than Wigan’s first appearance in the FA Cup final next month.
Premier League clubs are more desperate than ever to stay in the Premier League this season as the new tv rights deal that is set to kick in next year is thought to be worth an extra £20-£30 million per club.