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Whelan rejects Swans criticism

Wigan chairman still hopeful on Martinez

Whelan: Still confident

Whelan: Still confident

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Wigan chairman Dave Whelan remains confident of appointing Roberto Martinez 'in the next one or two days'.

Martinez was expected to be presented as Steve Bruce's successor on Thursday but there was a delay due to a compensation wrangle with Swansea.

The Swans had agreed a fee for Martinez's release but were unhappy that no extra money had been offered for assistant manager Graeme Jones and chief scout Kevin Reeves.

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins has described the situation as 'unfair' and 'disrespectful' but Whelan maintains that Wigan have done nothing wrong.

Whelan's argument is that Martinez's backroom staff would not want to stay behind at the Liberty Stadium.

"We had agreed a deal with Roberto over the weekend and everything was finalised yesterday," he explained on Sky Sports News.

"We had agreed compensation with Swansea for taking Roberto and then suddenly we get a telephone call saying that we had to pay compensation for certain members of his staff who want to join us.


"We didn't expect that and we don't think we should have to pay that. We have been fair with Swansea.

"Roberto is a gentleman and has gone back to Swansea to speak with the chairman to see if it can be resolved as soon as possible.

"I think it is most unfair of the chairman to say that we have done anything wrong. We have done everything within the rules and regulations."

Whelan insists that he only wants Martinez and would not be concerned if his assistants stayed at Swansea.

He said: "I am not bothered if the other three don't come. If Swansea want to keep them then let them stay there, if the chairman can persuade them to work for him.

"I have agreed everything with Roberto and I expect everything to be ironed out over the next one or two days."


Meanwhile, Whelan accepts that Antonio Valencia could join Manchester United after a deal was struck for Cristiano Ronaldo to leave Old Trafford and join Real Madrid.

United have accepted an offer of £80million from Real and Valencia has emerged as a possible replacement for the Portuguese winger.

Whelan said: "Sir Alex has been watching Antonio throughout the season. They have shown quite a lot of interest and this deal with Ronaldo may trigger things or may not.

"Sir Alex is the shrewdest man in football and if he comes for Antonio he will pay us a fair fee."

A figure between £16million and £20million has been mentioned and Whelan has no plans to ask for more in the wake of the Ronaldo deal.

"You cannot do that to Fergie," he concluded.