Martinez to discuss Wigan future after Premier League relegation

Roberto Martinez will meet with Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan to discuss his future at the club after the FA Cup winners dropped out of the Premier League following defeat to Arsenal on Tuesday, the Daily Telegraph has reported.

The Latics were beaten 4-1 by the Gunners only days after clinching their first ever major trophy by upsetting Manchester City in the Wembley showpiece. Martinez named the same team as saw off City to play Arsenal but could not get the three points needed to take the basement battle to the final day of the season, Wigan going down to a Lukas Podolski brace and goals from Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey. Shaun Maloney scored for Martinez’s side.

Martinez is one of the names in contention to replace David Moyes at Everton once the Scot succeeds Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United and the Telegraph notes that Whelan has said he will not stand in the Spaniard’s way if he seeks pastures new. But when asked immediately following Wigan’s relegation was confirmed, Martinez insisted it was not the right time to speak about his next step.

It’s the moment to make sure that everybody gets ready for the final game of the season,” Martinez said, adding: “In the summer, there’ll always be assessments and whatever happens in the summer will happen.

I know that we had to win the last two games but I was very, very confident with this group to be able to do that,” Martinez continued. “It’s difficult to describe the feelings now because it comes as a shock.

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