Wigan chairman demands showdown talks with Martinez
Published 22:24 03/03/12 By Lindsay Sutton
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan is facing showdown talks with his manager Roberto Martinez tomorrow – and he wants to know why three star players were left on the bench.
Whelan has always backed Martinez and they have always had a close, respectful relationship.
But after watching Wigan fall to Premier League new boys Swansea, Whelan blasted: “That was the worst performance in four or five years and I’ll be meeting with Roberto on Monday. I’ll be asking some questions about the performance and the selection. There were three quality players on the bench and I want to know why.”
He insisted Martinez, formerly boss at Swansea, was not about to be sacked, adding: “His future is secure. He’s doing a great job for the club, but we will both put our cards on the table.”
Whelan feels he has the right to ask questions, having pumped in more than £18million into the club. This is the first time, things look to be fraying between the pair.
The case for the defence – leaving out bright prospect Victor Moses, midfielder Mohamed Diame and recognised striker Hugo Rodallega on the bench – is that the first two were tired and back from international duty.
Martinez said it had been “an impossible week” for the club, with no fewer than eight players featuring in internationals.