He met with chairman Dave Whelan on Friday and agreed a new and improved deal at the club, taking him to the end of the 2013/14 season.
"Wigan Athletic means everything to me," he declared to the Wigan Evening Post.
"This club brought me to English football first and foremost and from then on I developed a very strong relationship with the fans and obviously I have a great relationship with the chairman.
"Wigan Athletic is a unique football club; it's a club that defies the odds; it's a club that follows people's dreams.
"You look back to 1995 and the first thing the chairman said is he wants to build a new stadium and he wanted Wigan Athletic in the Premier League and I don't think many people believed him then.
"Then here we are with that dream and that is what football is all about."
He added: "Wigan Athletic will always be in my heart.
"One day Wigan Athletic will have had enough of me but at the moment I still feel I need to do certain things for the football club and I haven't done them and until I do that it will be a privilege to be the manager."