Whelan hopeful on Martinez

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez

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Wigan chairman Dave Whelan is increasingly confident FA Cup-winning manager Roberto Martinez will stick with them to lead their bid for promotion back to the Premier League.

After two days of meetings which were supposed to decide the Spaniard’s future it seems what the chairman chooses to do over the weekend will be the significant factor.

Martinez had told Whelan yesterday he wanted 24 hours to think about his position but having returned for more talks the 39-year-old’s focus seems to have been purely on advancing Wigan as a club.

That has given Whelan renewed hope his manager of four years will not seek pastures new, with Everton, Stoke and even La Liga side Malaga speculated on as potential destinations.

He has now gone away to work out if and how he can bring Martinez’s proposals to fruition.

“We have had a good, 
constructive talk – nothing about wages it is all about the club and can we move it forward in terms of the training facilities and youth development,” Whelan said.

“It is all tied up in that.

“He wants to do certain things and I’m hoping I can assist in that but I’m not going to say I can if I can’t and I want to look at it over the weekend.

“If he wanted to move he would’ve said ‘I’m going’.

“It is nothing to do with his personal benefit – we both want to make the club better.

“I have asked him certain questions in terms of what we can develop.

“I don’t want to say ‘yes’ until I’ve had time thinking about it and things like planning permission.

“It is definitely not that difficult to be spending on the training ground and we have looked very seriously at that side of things.

“We have had some good news from the planning office in relation to what we want to do will be acceptable.

“It will be Monday before I can promise anything.”