Roberto Martinez will manage a top European club, claims Wigan chairman Whelan

The Latics reached the FA Cup semi-finals with a 3-0 win at Everton on Saturday and despite struggling in the league, the Spaniard's boss says he is destined for big things
Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has repeated his belief that Roberto Martinez will one day manage a top European club after the Spaniard booked the Latics a place in their first ever FA Cup semi-final.

The Premier League strugglers have taken just 24 points from 28 games in the top flight, but the convincing 3-0 win over Everton in Saturday's quarter-final has kept their hopes of claiming a major trophy alive.

And while his own side remain at risk of relegation, Whelan has no doubt that Martinez will eventually be handed the chance to coach one of the continent's big hitters.

"I will lose [Martinez], I don't think there is any question about that," he told BBC Radio 5 Live. "We have known each other and been together a long time. Hopefully that will continue.

"He is a top-class manager and he will get one of the top clubs in Europe. The big clubs in Europe, when they want a manager, Roberto is obviously the man. He is stone-cold brilliant as a manager."

Wigan can now look forward to a visit to Wembley and despite the cup distraction, Whelan has every confidence the Latics will perform another late-season escape from the Premier League bottom three.

"We have been there before and fought our way out of it," he insisted. "We are going to do exactly the same again, I hope. We have played well all season and just had so many injuries and bad luck.

"We played Everton off the park and have done that so many times this season but at times we have had up to eight players injured. It is very difficult to take that kind of punishment."