Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Thursday September 3 2009
Former Wigan Athletic captain Matt Jackson spent some time with new Latics manager Roberto Martinez and was blown away by the man in charge down at the DW stadium
Jackson says: 'I spent an hour in Roberto Martinez's company last week and I'm totally convinced that Roberto is going to be a fantastic manager and Wigan have got a superb talent at the helm'
'He is ultra-professional, very sincere and has a long-term vision for Wigan which is very exciting indeed."
With Martinez` previous success at Swansea as the blueprint Jackson says that the footballing philosophy that he works to will make the Latics very attractive and he knows that chairman Dave Whelan will give Roberto the time he needs, he continued: 'Roberto has a very clear picture where he wants Wigan to be and he will take the club forward, like he did at Swansea, winning them promotion.
'He made fantastic strides at Swansea and had them playing a wonderful brand of football.
'He knows Wigan inside out, having played here before, and he has a strong philosophy that he is keen to put in place.
'It is a massive job, but I know the chairman will back him to the hilt and give him precious time to evolve in the job.'
Jackson was also quick to point out that the Latics need to sell to survive in the Premier League and that Martinez will be faced with the task of continually re-building his teams but that is the price for success at this level for smaller clubs, he continued: 'For any manager of Wigan it is going to be an annual re-building process because the bigger players always move on, that's just a fact of life and Roberto is facing the same issues'
'Wigan have sold so many influential players and when you lose those key players then it is very hard to fill that gap.
'Last season Wigan were a comfortable mid-table side, but as long as they finish above the bottom three this time then that's all that matters.
'That's not negative, that's reality because the Premier League is much stronger this time.
'It is probably going to be twelve months of consolidation and getting those strong foundations in place.'
Nice one Matt
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Date:Thursday September 3 2009
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