Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez spoke about how proud the supporters of the football club can be with the incredible achievements made in the last eight years.
Talking after the defeat to Arsenal which confirmed relegation from the Premier League Martinez said:
“I’d like to thank our fans more than anything.
“My message to them is that they’ve given everything they have got and now we all need to pull together again to bounce back as a football club.
“Nobody gave us a chance of having more than one season in the Premier League so there are many aspects for them (the fans) to be extremely proud of.”
The gaffer went on to say how he believes Latics can bounce back, adding:
“We have to make sure that we get stronger and that the future of this football club is very bright.
“It’s a time for everyone involved with this football club to very proud of the last eight seasons in the Premier League and of winning the FA Cup.
“As a football club we have been defying the odds year-after-year and this season we have been playing outstanding football week-after-week.
“It’s time to have a breather at the end of the season and make sure that we have all the good things together at the club.”
Assessing the way that tonight’s game played out, Martinez was pleased with the attitude of his players.
“It’s a tough moment to assess because we never expected this and the group of players that we have are true ambassadors of this football club.
“We lost our concentration for the first goal but after that we looked the better team in the first half and we made the Emirates crowd very anxious.
“We had an incredible chance to score when Arouna (Kone) made (Wojciech) Szczesny react to save his effort and then at the other end we conceded and that was a crucial moment.
“We didn’t have that energy to bounce back straight away, we never gave up and we kept on fighting but it allowed Arsenal to have that little bit more than what we had.”
On a final note, the gaffer wanted to encourage supporters to share their feelings at the final game of the season against Aston Villa.
“Against Aston Villa we have to share our feelings with the supporters and I want the whole crowd to be extremely proud of Wigan Athletic.
“We won the FA Cup which shows the world that we are a unique football club and we have had eight seasons at the top level of English football which is something they can be really proud of.
“We have got the fight in our DNA and we’re determined to make sure our future is bright.”