Whelan: Wigan can cope with Martinez departure

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan says he's confident of the club's future, whether Roberto Martinez remains as manager or not.

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan says he's confident of the club's future, whether Roberto Martinez remains as manager or not.

Martinez, whose stay at the club would signal his confidence they can make a swift return, wants Premier League standards applied throughout regardless.

"He is just bothered about the future of the club. It is absolutely for the benefit of the club," said Whelan.

"Whatever happens Roberto always wants to improve the club and wants to improve the development with youth - which I agree with entirely."

Whelan insists he is not worried about the future of his manager, with whom he has enjoyed a close relationship since signing him first as a player in 1995 and then again as a manager in 2009.

"We are not losing one bit of sleep over it," he added.

"It was quite positive yesterday and I'm hoping, whatever the decision we get, it will be in the interests of Wigan Athletic and that is the most important thing."

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