FA Cup is great for the city of Wigan

Martinez-Whelan_2095707bRoberto Martinez is looking to make history this weekend and bring Wigan their first bit of silverware in their history. The Latics boss believes the whole town is buzzing ahead of the Wembley showpiece and hopes that his Wigan side can deliver the trophy:

You can already sense a special feeling in the town; everyone is very proud and excited. The FA Cup is more than a competition, it’s a way of living, everyone has grown up with memories of The FA Cup, and we are very aware of what it means to everyone. From our point of view we need to be very professional and to make sure that we are as good as we can be against the champions of England. What ever way you look at it, it will be a phenomenal game and a unique and historic occasion.”

Martinez is hoping the occasion will be a great one for his chairman Dave Whelan, who has done everything to make the club what it is:

“The Chairman is the reason why we have achieved what we have achieved. In football you always need to have someone who has the vision to drive a project forward. When he started at Wigan Athletic I don’t think anyone apart from him could visualise the success that was going to come. He had a difficult personal experience in the 1960 FA Cup final and now it is as if his involvement brings everything full circle and so gives closure on everything. Leading the team out as Chairman is a very significant moment and we are all incredibly pleased for him, he is living what could be the final chapter of this incredible dream.”

Yahoo! logoFor more insight from Roberto Martinez and other leading managers plus exclusive Premier League highlights go to www.yahoo.co.uk/sport