12 May 2013

FA cup managers' future under speculation

5:35 pm on 12 May 2013

Wigan Athletic's shock 1-0 win over Manchester City in the FA Cup final not only caused one of the biggest upsets in the competition's history but could dictate the immediate futures of both managers.

City's Roberto Mancini dismissed as "stupid" speculation he was on his way out of the club he took to FA Cup success two years ago and the Premier League title last season.

Wigan's Roberto Martinez also declined to be drawn on questions about a possible move to Everton as the replacement for David Moyes, who is leaving Goodison Park to replace Alex Ferguson at Manchester United next season.

Mancini seemed rattled by widespread newspaper reports suggesting Manuel Pellegrini of Malaga had been lined up as his replacement.

The Spaniard Martinez says his energies are now focused on keeping Wigan in the Premier League.

They are third from bottom of the table and face Arsenal and Aston Villa needing at least three points to avoid making some unwanted history.

If they do go down, they would become the first team to win the FA Cup and be relegated in the same season.