Premier League: Wigan chairman Dave Whelan insists Roberto Martinez will stay at the club
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan believes Roberto Martinez will stay at the club and lead them back to the Premier League.
Last Updated: 15/05/13 2:29pm
The Latics' 4-1 defeat at Arsenal confirmed their relegation to the Championship, just three days after they lifted the FA Cup.
Martinez has been linked with the soon-to-be vacant manager's job at Everton but Whelan reckons he will remain at the DW Stadium.
Whelan told talkSPORT: "We've got one ambition now, and that is to come straight back up next season.
"We will fight next year, and we'll look to come back within that first season - it's so important.
"Roberto knows how I feel about him and I know how Roberto feels about me and the club. He's a very, very loyal gentleman.
"When the day dawns - and it will - when he says, 'chairman, I want to go to this or that club', I will release him immediately.
"He is aware of that, and if that time is now, so be it.
"But somehow I don't think it will be. I'm just hoping Roberto waits and has another one or two years with us, because he will eventually go to a top European club."
Whelan added that there had been no contact from Everton.
"The club have heard nothing whatsoever," he said. "Everton are a super club and they know the rules and regulations. They are very mannerly and I don't think they would ever approach Roberto before the season is over."