The Spanish coach’s position came under jeopardy last term as the Latics were threatened with relegation, but with his chairman’s patience the side from the DW Stadium managed to stay in the top flight.
Martinez has thanked Whelan for his confidence, when other owners may well have looked for a new coach.
“But he [Whelan] said that whatever happened there was a three-year plan to do what I wanted to do. I can’t speak about other chairmen, I don’t know them. But our chairman is the reason why Wigan are in the Premier League,” he continued.
Martinez was approached by Aston Villa in the summer to become their new man in charge after the departure of Gerard Houiller, but he has no qualms about turning Villa down.
“I had a meeting with the chairman at the ground. I went in with an open mind, I wanted to know what the chairman wanted to do. The moment he wanted me to stay, the conversation was ended.
“I have got a strong belief in what I want to do to progress to the next level. The chairman agreed, so we just carried on working as normal.
“It wasn’t about the other football club or the other job. It was about the relationship with my chairman,” he concluded.
Wigan travel to Villa Park on Saturday, with only three points seperating the two Midlands teams.
Written By Gareth McKnight
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