Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has revealed that it is not only the players who have a clause in their contracts slashing wages if the club are relegated, reports The
The former Swansea manager, who also played for Wigan for six years between 1995 – 2001, states that should the Latics get relegated this season it would cost him hundreds of thousands of pounds in wages.
The clause was inserted into the contract he signed at the club last summer, but the 39-year-old believes that it is only fair that his personal earnings drop in line with the players if the Lancashire club drop into the Championship.
He said: “There are relegation clauses in all of the contracts – I have one, too.
“It’s about having a sound financial plan and if you drop your league status, you are dropping your budget. Everyone should be affected by it.
“As a football club, it is something we have to have. We have never got relegated so we have never needed them!”
Wigan have slashed their wage bill by over 22% since Martinez arrived as manager in 2009, meaning the club are now able to sustain themselves rather than relying on money being given to them by chairman Dave Whelan from his own personal fortune.
A big part of this, according to The Mirror, is Martinez’s policy to put a three-year cap on any contracts signed at the club. He believes this works despite the fact the club run the risk of losing more players on the Bosman ruling, with Franco Di Santo, Antolin Alcaraz and Maynor Figueroa all potentially on the way out of the club this summer. Hugo Rodallega and Mohamed Diame also departed on the same terms last year.
“As a club, we work on a smaller budget and, in terms of contracts, they are a little bit shorter,” he said.
“This way, we don’t have as big a commitment on players and it is easier to freshen things, which is important for managing the squad.
“I see it as a natural part of the modern game that we are going to lose players and that you get players who want to run their contracts down. You can’t feel sorry for yourself.
With relegation looming for the FA Cup finalists, and a daunting clash with Champions League chasers Tottenham on Saturday afternoon, things have looked better at the DW Stadium in the past.
However, Martinez believes that still having targets left to achieve at this stage of the season is a much better prospect than being left with nothing to play for.
“If you ask me, ‘Do you prefer to go into the final five games with everything to play for or be safe in mid-table, going through the motions?’ I would say, ‘I prefer our situation because that is how you are tested.”
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