Whelan: I'd never sack Martinez

BY foxsports • December 9, 2011

Chairman Dave Whelan insists he will not part company with his man in the dugout and believes the club's supporters will continue to back the Spaniard. Wigan are currently propping up the pile after winning just two of their 14 encounters in the top flight so far this season. Despite their troubles this term, which follow on from last season's dogfight when survival was only secured on the final day of the season, Whelan has vowed to stand by Martinez. "Sacking him isn't even a consideration. Roberto is a fantastic, honest manager who knows our strengths and weaknesses," he told The Independent. "There will be no way I will sack him. And if we did get relegated to the Championship I have every faith in him to get us promoted again. "It is a partnership at a football club, everyone has to realise that. You have to have partnerships to succeed between manager and players and manager and boardroom. "Wigan have that. We're the smallest club in the Premier League but I would say there is no doubt about it that we are the happiest out of the 20. "We have patient supporters, which helps. There is a faith in what we have and I don't want to see that change." Whelan admits that Wigan need to improve their squad in January, but warned that Martinez will only have funds to invest if players are sold in the transfer window. He added: "If Roberto was given a basket of money he would definitely put it right and if he sells a player in January he will get that money for signing someone new. "We need bigger, better and stronger players as we look to improve." The DW Stadium supremo feels that they have not had the rub of the green this summer, with the recent draw at home to Blackburn when the visitors scored after Morten Gamst Pedersen took a corner to himself still rankling. "We have been incredibly unlucky this season and that isn't Roberto's fault," he said. That decision was the worst one I've seen in all my years in football. "It doesn't balance itself out over the season and these calls have a huge bearing on the table at the end of the season."