Wigan Athletic season review – No great escape but cup glory makes memories

Wigan Athletic – 18th FA Cup – Winners League Cup – Fourth round Dramatic, record-breaking and emotional are the three words you would probably use to describe Wigan Athletic’s 2012-13 campaign. The club’s first ever silverware with an FA Cup victory and European football next season tempered the brave battle against relegation – which ultimately ended with the club losing their top flight status just days after the Wembley win over Manchester City. Roberto Martinez resisted interest from Liverpool and, in particular, Aston Villa to stay for another season and…

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Martinez to leave Wigan ahead of Everton talks

Robert Martinez has left Wigan Athletic and is free to hold talks with Everton over replacing David Moyes, reports BBC Sport. The 39-year-old had a meeting with Wigan owner Dave Whelan and informed him of his desire to leave the club after four seasons in charge at the DW Stadium. “Roberto wanted permission to move so I’ve given that,” said Whelan. “He feels he’s not the man to lead us back into the Premier League. I’ve got to accept what he feels.” Whelan also confirmed that Everton had made an…

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Everton face hefty bill to prise Martinez from Wigan

Everton’s hopes of taking Roberto Martinez from Wigan Athletic may have hit a stumbling block in the shape of the £5m compensation fee that would be due to the recently relegated side, according to the Daily Mirror. Martinez is expected to tell Latics owner Dave Whelan this week that he wants to leave the club after his four years in charge ended with an FA Cup triumph and Premier League relegation. But Whelan will demand a large amount of money in return – and can do so as Martinez’s rolling…

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Everton close in on Wigan’s Martinez

Everton are closing in on Wigan manager Roberto Martinez as they seek to replace Man United-bound David Moyes, reports the Mail Online. Martinez saw his Wigan side win the FA Cup just days before being relegated from the Premier League, and rumours have been swirling that the former Wigan player could be set to take the hotseat at Goodison Park this summer. Martinez had been due to give chairman Dave Whelan a decision earlier this week, but has requested more time to consider his next career move and is spending…

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Wigan start clearout as Scharner, Figueroa and Joel move on

Relegated Wigan Athletic have started the clearout of playing staff leaving the club. As Metro understands, no fewer than eight players have left the DW Stadium. Three of these have returned to their parent clubs. Goalkeeper Joel has returned to Atletico Madrid, having previously hinted he wanted to carve out a successful career in his homeland. Defender Paul Scharner has returned to Hamburg SV and midfielder Angelo Henriquez is back at Manchester United after an unsuccessful loan spell. The FA Cup winners have also decided not to offer deals to…

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Martinez to decide Wigan future next week

In-demand manager Roberto Martinez will hold talks with his chairman Dave Whelan next week, before deciding on his future with Wigan Athletic. According to Sky Sports, Whelan is still keen to hold onto his Spanish manager, despite their eight-year stay in the top flight ending last week with defeat at Arsenal. Under Martinez, Wigan earned a spot in Europe through their FA Cup triumph at Wembley against Manchester City, and despite the crushing blow of relegation, the players and the manager paraded the cup around Wigan yesterday in an open-top…

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Wigan v Aston Villa – Match preview and team news

This should have provided a barnstorming end to the relegation battle where a Wigan victory would have kept them up and sent Aston Villa down at their expense. However, despite their miraculous and deserved FA Cup win over Manchester City last Saturday, Premier League defeats to Swansea and then more comprehensively at Arsenal have Tuesday sealed the Latics’ fall into the Championship eight seasons in the top flight. Roberto Martinez now faces speculation over his future as he weighs up whether to remain at the club that he so holds…

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Wigan Focus – Life after the Premier League beckons

After eight brave and successful seasons in the Premier League, Wigan’s stay in the top flight came to a shattering end on Tuesday night in driving rain at the Emirates Stadium. The 4-1 defeat at Arsenal finally confirmed the inevitable for Roberto Martinez’s side, as they haven’t been able to produce the regular end of season surge this time around to protect their status among the elite. Wigan supporters have been through a rollercoaster of emotions over the last week. The club produced the biggest FA Cup final upset in…

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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…

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Arsenal v Wigan – Match preview and team news

Arsenal and Wigan face off at the Emirates in a crucial encounter that both clubs absolutely have to win if they are to achieve their ambitions for the season. Chelsea and Tottenham’s victories on the weekend mean that Arsenal currently lie fifth in the table albeit with a game in hand over their North London rivals and so the Gunners simply must take all three points on Tuesday evening to head into their final match at an already safe from relegation Newcastle with their fate in their hands. Any less…

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Caldwell hoping Wigan FA Cup win can spur Premier League survival

Wigan Athletic captain Gary Caldwell hopes the club’s FA Cup triumph over Manchester City can help the club kick on and secure their place in the Premier League for another season, Sky Sports has reported. The Latics face Champions League chasing Arsenal on Tuesday in the knowledge that defeat to the Gunners would send Roberto Martinez’s side down into the Championship – and even a win would not lift Wigan out of danger, as they have fallen four points from safety with two games to play. Caldwell said: “We know…

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Villas-Boas hoping to see Wigan beat Arsenal and help Tottenham cause

Tottenham Hotspur Head Coach Andre Villas-Boas is hoping FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic do his side a favour in the race for the Champions League and beat Arsenal when the sides meet this week, ESPN has reported. A defeat for the Gunners would see Arsene Wenger’s side remain a place and two points below Tottenham ahead of the final round of games of the season, with Spurs currently in possession of the final Champions League place following their win over Stoke City on Sunday. But an Arsenal win would see…

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Martinez hails Wigan’s FA Cup triumph

Roberto Martinez has hailed Wigan’s FA Cup triumph, reports BBC Sport. Saturday’s FA Cup Final between Marinez’s struggling Latics and high-fliers Man City provided a somewhat surprisingly tight game, and substitute Ben Watson became the hero when he scored an injury-time header to give Wigan their first major trophy in their 80 year history. Man City defender Pablo Zabaletta was sent off with seven minutes to go following a second bookable offence, and Wigan capitalized on their one man advantage to get their hands on the coveted cup. Speaking to…

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Man City vs Wigan – FA Cup Final preview and team news

Both Wigan and Manchester City set aside any lingering worries to engage in the FA Cup final today, with City boss Roberto Mancini looking to win his second cup in three years. City come into the game comfortable in second place in the Barclays Premier League, but Mancini is widely reported to be living on borrowed time at the Etihad, with reports of Malaga coach Mauricio Pellegrini replacing the Italian in Manchester. The Citizens made the final having defeated Leeds, Barnsley and Chelsea amongst others. Wigan meanwhile are sitting in…

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Wigan Focus – Martinez future clouds final build-up

Who would want to be a Wigan Athletic fan at the moment? The club’s Premier League status is precarious and likely now out of their hands. They face an FA Cup final at the weekend as massive underdogs, and the future of their prestigious manager has been called into question by major football events this week. The sudden retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson as Manchester United boss has well and truly started the managerial merry-go-round for next season. After 11 years loyal service to Everton, David Moyes has decided to…

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Martinez admits league survival on the mind ahead of FA Cup final

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez has admitted that although featuring in the FA Cup final this weekend, survival in the Premier League is still key. The Latics have had a very successful cup campaign, which has seen them defeat Everton and Millwall to set up a final against Manchester City on Saturday. However, despite Martinez guiding the club to their first ever FA Cup final, the Spaniard admits that the Premier League is never far from their minds: “Getting to the FA Cup final is a real achievement and now…

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McCarthy eyed up by London duo

As Wigan Athletic eye up another great escape from the Premier League, the Independentunderstands top London duo Chelsea and Arsenal are considering a summer move for midfielder James McCarthy. The Republic of Ireland international has been in top form once again for his club this season, and has attracted the attention of some of the Premier League’s heavyweight sides. Although he is happy in Lancashire, a potential demise into the Championship is likely to spell the end of McCarthy’s four-year stay with the Latics. Wigan face the biggest fortnight in…

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Martinez backs Wigan for league escape and cup joy

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez is confident that his side can escape relegation from the Premier League – as well as win the FA Cup, according to The Observer. The Latics came from behind to win 3-2 at West Bromwich Albion on Saturday to lift themselves to within two points of Premier League safety with a game in hand on the likes of Newcastle United and Norwich City above them. And with the FA Cup final against Manchester City to come on Saturday, Martinez believes his team can experience end-of-season…

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Martinez blames poor ref decision for Wigan’s draw with Tottenham

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has blamed poor referreing decisions as the reason behind his Wigan side falling just short of achieving an important victory against Tottenham, reports Sky Sports. Ref Martin Atkinson awarded Spurs a last minute free kick, which Tom Huddleston fired goalbound before Emmerson Boyce turned the ball into his own net to equalize for the Londoners. Martinez, however, believes Jean Beausejour was fouled by Kyle Walker before the England defender went to the ground in the incident for which the free kick was awarded. The former Swansea…

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Martinez reveals salary cut if Wigan are relegated

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 Mirror. 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…

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Wigan v Tottenham – Match preview and team news

After the euphoria of clinching a place in the FA Cup final for the first time in their history, Wigan were pulled back down to earth last week as a dispiriting defeat at West Ham left them firmly in the relegation zone, while wins for Stoke and Sunderland pulled them six points clear of the 18th-placed Latics. However, Aston Villa’s thumping defeat to Manchester United on Monday night means that Roberto Martinez is still confident that with his side having played a game less than their rivals, the fight to…

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Wigan Focus – Home sweet home for Tottenham test

With four games to play for most Premier League sides, the 2012/13 season is reaching its climax, and whilst the title might have been wrapped up by Manchester United already, there is still plenty to play for further down the table, including Wigan Athletic meeting Tottenham in a game that is absolutely pivotal for both clubs. For Spurs, the incentive is the chance of Champions League football, but staying in the elite is the aim for the home side. It is Wigan’s first home game of the month, and it…

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Wigan Focus – Wasted chances threaten Premier League future

It was another case of what might have been for Wigan Athletic on Saturday, as their Premier League survival hopes start to hang on a thread. The usual act of escaping at this time of year has most certainly stalled. An unconvincing draw at QPR a fortnight ago has been followed by better performances, but two damaging defeats in the past week. Whilst the narrow loss at Manchester City was expected, given the quality between the two sides, the 2-0 defeat away at West Ham was a massive blow for…

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Wigan Focus – Taking the positives from Man City defeat

Wigan’s season has been one that the fans will not forget. A first ever appearance in the FA Cup final is guaranteed, but before that day out in the showpiece on May 11, it is time to focus on the more important battle, and that is survival in the Premier League. On Wednesday, the Latics came so close to achieving a brilliant point against the soon-to-be former champions in Manchester City. Unfortunately for the visitors, Carlos Tevez produced another moment of quality to score the goal that earned City a…

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FA defends cup final kick-off time

The Football Association has fought back against criticism from Wigan Athletic and Manchester City supporters over their decision for a teatime kick-off for the FA Cup final, says Goal.com. The decision to hold the showpiece event at 5.15pm on Saturday May 11 has left supporters from the North West of the country baffled because of difficulty in travel arrangements. Virgin Trains has already said they will not be running any special services on the day back to Manchester and Lancashire. The FA though insists the kick-off time allows a greater…

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