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Wigan boss Martinez sorry to see sack culture getting worse in England

Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez feels Roberto di Matteo's dismissal is evidence the sack culture in England is changing.

Martinez admits he was surprised by West Bromwich Albion's decision to axe the Italian.

He told Absolute Radio: "Well unfortunately I'll have to say it was surprising, it was a surprising event if you want. He's been really successful, last campaign to build that sort of momentum, with West Brom achieving promotion, then the start that they had in the first half of the season has been impressive, he was Manager of the Month on one occasion. So very surprised in that respect, and then, on the other hand, unfortunately it doesn't surprise you any more when a manager loses his job, unfortunately its not a headline, and that's a real worry, and its something that we should never have lost.

"I think the English game, it was well known for giving managers time, giving managers the time to develop their ideas and just to develop their projects in the bigger picture and the long-term, and unfortunately its not happening any more, and that's very, very unfortunate.

"Unfortunately we need to understand that that's the nature of the game and its how the game is turning into, but it is unfortunate to see a successful manager losing his job, because Roberto Di Matteo was very successful with West Brom for the time that he was working with them."

  Listen to Liverpool v Wigan this afternoon on Absolute Radio extra - on DAB Digital Radio, 1215AM and online in the UK from 1.30pm as programming kicks off with Russ Williams for pre-match build up, followed by full live commentary from Jim Proudfoot at 3pm, while Arsenal legend and Ian Wright takes care of post match analysis at 5pm featuring player and manager interviews, fan phone ins and a healthy supply of banter. Tune in for the full Roberto Martinez interview. For more go to absoluteradio.co.uk/football.

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