Roberto Martinez delivered an extraordinary snub to Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner this week with his decision to stay at Wigan rather than discuss a potential move to Villa Park.
The Spaniard will have his work cut out to keep Wigan in the Premier League, with the Latics’ relegation odds of 7/4 making them third-favourites for the drop next season.
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Despite this, Martinez has decided to stay at the DW Stadium rather than continue his career in Birmingham.
Lerner could now turn to Mark Hughes to fill the vacant position at Villa, while Wigan fans will be hoping that Martinez can lead their club to safety for a third season in succession.
The big question is whether the former Swansea manager’s rejection of Lerner’s overtures will help Wigan avoid the drop.
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan certainly thinks so – he could barely contain his delight when responding to the news.
“Villa will be disappointed but I am over the moon,” he said. “I am sure every Wigan supporter will say that we are so pleased to have him.”
However, even Martinez will be unable to steer Wigan to safety should the cash-strapped club be forced to sell their star players, with Hugo Rodallega, Charles N’Zogbia and James McCarthy all linked with rival Premier League teams.
With this in mind, then, those Wigan relegation odds could still prove tempting.
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