Roberto Martinez has insisted the people of Wigan should be proud of his team despite their relegation from the Premier League.
The Latics' 4-1 defeat at Arsenal last night brought an end to their eight-year stay in England's top flight, just days after they won the FA Cup with a famous 1-0 win over Manchester City at Wembley.
Only a win at the Emirates Stadium would have kept the Latics in the hunt for survival ahead of the last day of the season but they fell short against the Champions League hunting Gunners.
Despite the drop, Martinez insisted everyone should be proud of what his players have achieved.
"It's a time for everyone involved with this football club to be very proud of the last eight seasons in the Premier League and of winning the FA Cup," he told the official Wigan website.
"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."
Although the Lancashire outfit have often come under criticism for low attendances, Martinez was grateful to the fans who have stuck by his team.
He added: "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."
If Wigan are to bounce back at the first time of asking they may have to do so without Martinez.
The Spaniard has been strongly linked with the vacant job at Everton after it was announced David Moyes will be replacing Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.
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