Roberto Martinez Has His Work Cut out to Keep Wigan in Premier League

Aaron GalesCorrespondent IIApril 9, 2013

Roberto Martinez faces another battle to beat the drop.
Roberto Martinez faces another battle to beat the drop.Scott Heavey/Getty Images

In the three full seasons that Roberto Martinez has completed as manager of Wigan Athletic, his side have looked certainties to be relegated before staging a miraculous recovery at the end of the season to maintain their Premier League status.

In recent weeks Wigan, led ably by Martinez have found a rich vein of form that has given them an excellent chance of staying up and progressing to the semi finals of the FA Cup where they will face Championship side Millwall.

However, despite their recent good form, I believe that this will be the season that Wigan, and Martinez, succumb to the Championship. To a certain extent they have been victims of their own success.

Their run in the FA Cup will not have helped but Martinez must be admired for attacking the competition and trying to bring a trophy to Wigan. They should progress to the final which would arguably be the greatest achievement in the club's history.

The main thing that causes me to worry for Wigan is their fixture list. Every single game they have in the league is a tough fixture. Over the next two months they face:

Man City (away), West Ham (away), Tottenham (home), West Brom (away), Swansea (home), Arsenal (away) and Aston Villa (home).

If they could get to their last home game of the season against relegation rivals Aston Villa with a chance of still staying up they would probably take that.

If Wigan did go down, Martinez would have a choice to make. Over the past few seasons he has been heavily linked with other clubs but has always stayed loyal to Wigan. If he dropped out of the Premier League his job would still be safe, but he may feel it is time to move on.

However, I don't think Martinez would want to leave after a relegation. He would want to get Wigan back up to the Premier League and would be able to keep most of his squad together. If they get to the Cup Final they may have a European campaign to think about which Martinez would undoubtedly relish.

Whatever does happen, Martinez clearly has his work cut out between now and the end of the season.