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Chairman backing is gratefully received by Wigan boss Martinez

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez admits he is grateful for the public support of Latics chairman Dave Whelan. Whelan backed Martinez earlier this week, insisting he has no plans to axe the Spaniard despite the club's disappointing start to the season.

The Latics have conceded 10 goals without reply in their opening two Premier League defeats to Blackpool and Chelsea to pile the pressure on Martinez.

"It is always important, especially nowadays you don't get that sort of backing, but it has never been a surprise," Martinez told Sky Sports News.

"My focus and work is day to day to try to correct things we are not doing well and fulfil the potential of the squad.

"I have got huge belief in this group of players and the chairman is always very supportive and is the reason we are in the Premier League so in that respect we are very, very fortunate to have him.

"But we will always put ourselves under massive pressure to try and perform well and reach our full potential.

"It is not about results, it is about reaching the level of performance I feel the squad is capable of which will allow us to go to the next level and improve from last season.

"I feel the squad of players we have got will give us a lot this season."

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