Monday, 2nd December, 2013

Roberto Martinez is well aware of the vagaries of football management, but hopes his former club Wigan Athletic can move forward after sacking Owen Coyle.

Martinez, who spent four seasons as Wigan manager, left the DW Stadium this summer to join Everton.


But while the Spaniard had an amicable relationship with club owner Dave Whelan, the same has not proven true for his replacement Coyle whose exit was confirmed today.

Wigan are well within reach of a playoff spot in the Championship – despite also competing in the Europa League – and the change could prove a bump in the promotion push.


However, Martinez was quoted by the BBC as saying: "In football you get that sort of situation where if the results don't go right they are going to take big decision.

"All I want is the best for Wigan. I always keep a close eye on them and I hope everything can have the effect that is needed.

"Owen worked really hard to try to achieve promotion and now the change has been confirmed hopefully everything works for the best for the football club."

Coyle's exit was confirmed today via the Latics website, with the former Bolton Wanderers boss saying: "I am confident that with this set of players, the team can keep moving in the right direction.

"I would like to thank all my football staff and the staff at the club, who have been very supportive of me in my time here."

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