Martinez staying focused on Latics

Sun, 13 May 20:52:16 2012

Manager Roberto Martinez admits he is happy to be linked to jobs at bigger clubs but insists there is still work to do at Wigan.

The latest speculation suggests the Spaniard, who masterminded the Latics' Barclays Premier League survival from a seemingly-doomed position and signed off with a 3-2 home win over Wolves, is being considered by Liverpool's owners.

Despite winning the Carling Cup, Kenny Dalglish's side have had a disappointing season in the league and their last-day defeat at Swansea meant they finished eighth, above Fulham only on goal difference.

But far from viewing it as a distraction, Martinez, who turned down a move to Aston Villa last summer, takes it as recognition of his achievements at the DW Stadium.

"There is another manager in that club, no?" he said when asked about the Liverpool link, adding that he had also seen his name associated with Barcelona. "When you get stories linking clubs with your players or in this case with a manager, it must be because you have done something right. We cannot control speculation and I am not going to lie to you, I like the speculation.

"I see it as a real compliment. Speculation will follow a team - you get good speculation and bad speculation. The speculation I don't like is when it suggests you are going to lose your job after a couple of defeats. I am proud and happy that the club are attracting a lot of good headlines and stories."


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