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Tuesday 28 May 2013

Martinez calls time on four-year Wigan tenure

Spanish coach parts company wih Latics after guiding them to 2013 FA Cup victory

Roberto Martinez guided Wigan to FA Cup victory over Manchester City this season

Roberto Martinez is to part company with Wigan Athletic after four years in charge of the relegated Barclays Premier League club.

"He feels he's not the man to lead us back into the Premier League and I've got to accept what he feels"
Dave Whelan

The Spaniard, who made history this month by guiding the Latics to victory in the FA Cup, has decided to move on after four years in charge, which culminated in the club’s relegation to the Championship.

In a statement on their website, Wigan said: "Wigan Athletic can confirm that following an approach made by another football club, permission has been given to Roberto Martinez to discuss a vacant managerial position.

"After discussions between Roberto and Chairman Dave Whelan, it was reluctantly agreed that Roberto, who remains the Manager of Wigan Athletic, would be allowed to speak another club."

Whelan was sad to the see Martinez leave. "He feels he's not the man to lead us back into the Premier League and I've got to accept what he feels," Whelan said. "He loves Wigan and the fans but we have to move on now and we want applications for the job.

"He feels he's not the man to lead us back into the Premier League and I've got to accept what he feels. He loves Wigan and the fans but we have to move on now and we want applications for the job."

Martinez spent six seasons as a player with Wigan in the lower divisions before cutting his managerial teeth at Swansea City, masterminding their return to the second tier of English football for the first time in 24 years.

The Swans’ expansive playing style earned Martinez widespread admiration and it was a philosophy the 39-year-old also brought to Wigan after returning to the club as manager in June 2009.

Although Wigan flirted with relegation in every season of his tenure, Martinez refused to compromise his side's free-flowing playing style and was rewarded with a first major trophy in the club’s history when Wigan beat Manchester City 1-0 to win the FA Cup this season.

Unfortunately for Martinez his side were unable to muster another great escape from the relegation zone and Wigan were relegated to the Championship.

Under the Spaniard the Latics won 38, drew 43 and lost 71 Barclays Premier League matches at a win rate of 25%, scoring 166 and conceding 275 goals.

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Key Points

  • Roberto Martinez parts company with Wigan Athletic
  • Spaniard calls time on four-year spell at DW Stadium after 152 Barclays Premier League matches in charge
  • Spaniard guided Latics to historic FA Cup win before they suffered relegation