Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Sunday November 22 2009
Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez has spelt out his European aim ahead of todays clash with Spurs at White Hart Lane.
The Latics manager doesn`t want to stand still but he says he needs to have a goal for improvement for himself as well as the club and he sees European qualification as the target to aim for by finishing in the top 8 of the Premier League.
Martinez realises that it will take time and to do things the right way you need to have the foundations in place, to this fact he has implemented a three year plan to get the Latics into Europe.
Speaking to the press Martinez says: 'Staying in the Premier League is not enough for me. I am not like that as a person or a professional.
'It would be very easy for me to say we should stay in this division and think that was fine.
'This season, that is probably the aim because they have been many changes and the players are learning a new way of playing.
'But in three years I want to get into Europe. That is our aim. We need to find a way to finish seventh or eighth in the Premier League.
'But you need time for that and in my eyes two or three seasons is what we are going to need to get there.
'That is my aim. On a daily basis we are working on the short-term to get a result each Saturday but at the back of my mind I am looking at how we can get into Europe. That is realistic.'
Vital Wigan are running a competition for three lucky members to receive a Latics WN1 T-Shirt signed by the boss himself Roberto Martinez.
So how do you get to win a T-Shirt signed by the gaffer? Simply answer the following question.
Where is the new Latics WN1 situated?
A - The Galleries
B - The Grand Arcade
C - The Royal Arcade
Send your answer to: email@example.com, be sure to mark your email T-Shirt comp, include your name and a postal address and T-Shirt size required (these will be passed onto Wigan Athletic who will distribute the prize) and Vital username.
Closing date is Friday 4th December 5pm
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Date:Sunday November 22 2009
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