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Football: Whelan won't force Martinez to stay at Wigan

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan admits he won't force Roberto Martinez to stay with the FA Cup winners as they prepare for life outside the Premier League. Martinez's side were relegated on Tuesday after losing 4-1 to Arsenal and the Latics manager refused to commit his future to the club in the immediate aftermath of the Emirates Stadium defeat. The Spaniard is a hot property thanks to his team's epic upset against Manchester City in the FA Cup final last week and he is reported to be high on Everton's list of potential replacements for Manchester United-bound David Moyes.

Football: Whelan wants great escape after Cup heroics

Wigan owner Dave Whelan celebrated his moment of FA Cup final redemption by challenging his team to follow their stunning victory over Manchester City by upsetting the odds again with another great escape in the Premier League. Ben Watson's stoppage-time header sealed Saturday's dramatic 1-0 win against 10-man City and clinched the first major silverware in unheralded Wigan's history.

Football: Whelan calls on FA to fulfil his Cup dream

Wigan owner Dave Whelan has called on the Football Association to allow him to lead his team onto the field in the FA Cup final. Whelan's club will play Chelsea or Manchester City in their first ever FA Cup final next month after defeating Millwall 2-0 in the semi-finals on Saturday. It was initially claimed that Whelan, who has transformed Wigan from fourth tier minnows into a Premier League club with his vast financial investment, would lead the team out before the Millwall match at Wembley.
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