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Martinez pledges European football for Wigan

New Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is confident of leading Wigan into Europe. The Spaniard was unveiled as the Lancashire club's new manager on Tuesday afternoon after protracted negotiations for his services, and those of his backroom staff, with former employers Swansea.

He said: "Steve Bruce has done a magnificent job.

"Finishing 11th was a great achievement, but now we need to carry on improving the squad and then be realistic, be patient, work hard and try to stay in the Premier League.

"After that we need to have a dream, which for Wigan is to one day play in Europe."

Martinez was a popular figure at Wigan during his playing days, and he added: "I am delighted to be here and very excited.

"My story with Wigan started in 1995 and for me to be given a chance to become manager of Wigan, in the best league in world football, is an honour.

"It is a big step up but I think for every manager in the Premier League there is very little margin for error.

"I know that and it's down to working hard and improving the squad and making sure we help the players win. It's nothing different but a big task in front of me."

Latics owner Dave Whelan was thrilled to have finally got his man.

"I'm excited, the whole town's excited, and it's just wonderful to have Roberto turn up today," he said.

"I will back him as much as I can and hope to have a very successful season."

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