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Martinez staying focused on Latics
Published : 14 May 2012 06:17:07
Manager Roberto Martinez admits he is happy to be linked to jobs at bigger clubs but insists there is still work to do at Wigan.
The latest speculation suggests the Spaniard, who masterminded the Latics' Barclays Premier League survival from a seemingly-doomed position and signed off with a 3-2 home win over Wolves, is being considered by Liverpool's owners.
But far from viewing it as a distraction, Martinez, who turned down a move to Aston Villa last summer, takes it as recognition of his achievements at the DW Stadium. "When you get stories linking clubs with your players or in this case with a manager, it must be because you have done something right," he said.
"We cannot control speculation and I am not going to lie to you, I like the speculation. I see it as a real compliment. Speculation will follow a team - you get good speculation and bad speculation.
"The speculation I don't like is when it suggests you are going to lose your job after a couple of defeats. I am proud and happy that the club are attracting a lot of good headlines and stories. We always need to be prepared that whatever happens is for the good of the club.
"We need to make sure we carry on with the progress we have been making in the last few years, not just on the pitch but off it. That is all I am bothered about; working hard and making sure the chairman is a proud man when he assesses his football club."
Wolves caretaker manager Terry Connor will hand over control to new boss Stale Solbakken on Monday and he admitted the game had summed up the relegated side's campaign.
"It was a frustrating way to sign off. It encapsulated the whole season and the reason why we have not been able to stay in the league," he said.
"We had plenty of honest endeavour and commitment and no lack of attacking flair but we keep shooting ourselves in the foot by making mistakes as individuals. For the first goal we lost possession in the wrong area and the second goal was from a set-play from which everyone has their markers and should do better.
"It is really frustrating that even today the lads continued to give everything for the good of the team but have not been good enough to win."