Wigan Athletic - Whelan - Bob's The Best
UK time is: 19:01:39
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Whelan - Bob's The Best

Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan has hailed current Latics boss Roberto Martinez has the best he has worked with during his time in football.

Whelan, who starred for Blackburn Rovers in the 1950`s and 60`s, says that the young Latics boss is honest, hard working and strict, but he has clearly gained the respect and admiration of his players.

Now with the Latics gearing up for a seventh successive Premier League campaign, Martinez has identified European qualification as the next step for the club and Whelan fears that he may end up losing his talented manager to one of the Continents big boys.

Speaking to the media Whelan said: 'I have to say in all my playing days and all my days as a chairman, Roberto is the best manager I have ever worked with'

'He's totally honest, totally up front. He's the same with the players. He makes them work hard and is strict with them on certain things, especially drinking, which I agree with him. I never had my first drink until I was 27. Like him, I believe football and alcohol don't mix.

'My biggest problem in the next couple of years will be: Can I keep him? I'll keep him this summer, I have no doubt, but he is destined for bigger things. There is no doubt in my mind that one day he will go to one of the top European clubs. He is something special and he has something different. You just have to see the way he works, he is so calm and cool.'

'We've got a great young team, the youngest in the Premier League. They're a great set of lads. The spirit is never-ending. Roberto is confident he can finish in the top half next season and I've no doubt he can do it because the youngsters coming through are quality players.

'We can add to them, but Roberto doesn't spend money foolishly. He's a wise manager and I trust him implicitly. Together we are a great team.'

Join The Vital Debate

Bookmark and Share

Latics and Proud

Fancy writing an article about the Latics? Why not get in touch, we are always looking for new contributors, after all we are all Latics fans here and want to get the Latics message to the world, so if you have a favourite match or Latics memory get it jotted down, or whatever you want to say put it into an email and send it to us here at Vital Wigan

To get your article published just click here and we will put it onto the site

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Barry Worthington Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 24 2011

Time: 9:38AM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
And Gomez...
Report Abuse
24/05/2011 15:20:00

"Doesn't spend money foolishly..."!!!! Apart from Boselli you mean?!
Report Abuse
24/05/2011 15:20:00

And Amaya... (remember him?!)
Report Abuse
24/05/2011 15:21:00

looks like good times ahead.
johnney handsome
Report Abuse
24/05/2011 23:33:00

Sure does Johnney
Report Abuse
24/05/2011 23:39:00


Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Wigan Athletic Articles

What The Bosses Say - Southend v Latics (Friday November 27 2015)

Latics Youngster Moves To Wrexham On Loan (Thursday November 26 2015)

Any Previous? Southend United v Latics (Thursday November 26 2015)

Dan's Big Game Report - Latics 0 Burton 1 (Wednesday November 25 2015)

PWU Latics Podcast - Walking With Elephants (Wednesday November 25 2015)

Stats: Wigan Athletic v Burton Albion (Wednesday November 25 2015)

Archived Wigan Athletic Articles

List All Vital Latics Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

Vital Members League (view all)

1. worbo 88
2. hindleymonwafc 76
3. Thorpyness 62
4. Whittleblue 58
5. 1henski 58
6. nottinghamlatic 57
7. Yon Mon 50
8. Moonay 48
9. Lazysid 30
10. loudmouthblue 29

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
2. Gillingham 19 11 4 4 14 37
3. Burton 18 11 2 5 3 35
4. Walsall 18 9 6 3 13 33
5. Wigan 19 9 6 4 10 33
6. Bradford 19 8 7 4 3 31
7. Peterborough 19 9 3 7 11 30
8. Southend 19 8 6 5 3 30

Wigan Athletic Fixtures (view all)

Breaking League News

DRFC Can Rovers Topple Table-Toppers?
» Doncaster : 27/11/2015 19:00:01
DRFC Coventry City v Doncaster Rovers - Officials
» Doncaster : 27/11/2015 19:00:01
Vital Preview - Barnsley v Sheffield United
» Barnsley : 27/11/2015 18:47:00
Joel Richards Awarded BBC Unsung Hero Award
» Walsall : 27/11/2015 18:31:00
What The Bosses Say - Southend v Latics
» Wigan : 27/11/2015 17:32:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Man Of The Match v Burton
Suggested By:  Benny Hill
Jussi Jääskeläinen 2%
Donervon Daniels 7%
Craig Morgan 14%
Chris McCann 21%
Tim Chow 7%
Reece James 35%
David Perkins 7%
Max Power 7%
Michael Jacobs 0%
Yanic Wildschut 0%
Alex Revell 0%