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The FA Cup-winning boss is hot property despite his side being relegated to the Championship, but instead of wanting to quit, has given some ideas to push the club forward

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan believes the ball is in his court when it comes to the future of manager Roberto Martinez.

The 76-year-old has revealed he has had two days' worth of meetings with the Spaniard and, rather than wanting to leave, insists his manager has instead demanded a few key changes to the club.

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Consequently Whelan is confident he can keep Martinez from the clutches of the likes of Everton, Stoke and Malaga, and is hopeful he will stay for the benefit of the club.

Whelan told Press Association Sport: "We have had a good, constructive talk - nothing about wages it is all about the club and can we move it forward in terms of the training facilities and youth development.

"It is all tied up in that. He wants to do certain things and I'm hoping I can assist in that but I'm not going to say I can if I can't and I want to look at it over the weekend.

"If he wanted to move he would've said 'I'm going'. It is nothing to do with his personal benefit - we both want to make the club to be better.

"I have asked him certain questions in terms of what we can develop. I don't want to say yes until I've had time thinking about it and things like planning permission.

"It is definitely not that difficult to be spending on the training ground and we have looked very seriously at that.

"We have had some good news from the planning office in relation to what we want to do will be acceptable.

"It will be Monday before I can promise anything."

Despite their relegation to the Championship, Martinez wants to keep Premier League standards at the club, and plans are already in place to improve the academy to meet Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) Category One guidelines.

"He is just bothered about the future of the club. It is absolutely for the benefit of the club," Whelan added.

"Whatever happens Roberto always wants to improve the club and wants to improve the development with youth - which I agree with entirely."

Whether Martinez ends up staying or going, Whelan insists Wigan will continue to progress as a club.

"We are not losing one bit of sleep over it," he continued.

"It was quite positive yesterday and I'm hoping, whatever the decision we get, it will be in the interests of Wigan Athletic and that is the most important thing."