Wigan chief gives backing to Roberto Martinez

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Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has played down talk of manager Roberto Martinez being under pressure after heavy defeats in the Latics' opening two games of the new season.

Martinez's men were battered 4-0 by newly-promoted Blackpool on the opening day, before suffering a 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Chelsea last weekend.

However, Whelan told the Sky Sports News:"When I saw the fixtures I thought we were in for a difficult start because Burnley beat Man Utd last season and I said to Roberto Blackpool would be on fire.

"We played well first half on Saturday and let it fade away. We know we're in for a fight this season.

"Roberto is a very good manager. We've had a tough start and not had the best of luck, but Roberto is working for the long-term.

"When you lose against Blackpool and play poorly, you get letters from fans saying sack the manager. But Roberto is here for the long-term."

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