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Martinez: Jones going nowhere

October 16, 2012
By Mike Whalley

Roberto Martinez is confident his assistant Graeme Jones will be staying at Wigan despite reported interest from Burnley.

Graeme Jones Roberto Martinez
GettyImagesGraeme Jones was Roberto Martinez's assistant at Swansea, before joining the Spanish boss at Wigan

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Jones has been touted as an outside candidate to take charge at Turf Moor following Eddie Howe's departure to rejoin Bournemouth last Friday.

Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton and former Wolves boss Mick McCarthy are thought to be high on Burnley's target list, while Manchester United reserve team manager Warren Joyce and Crewe boss Steve Davis have also been mentioned as candidates.

Jones was linked with the Swansea job when Brendan Rodgers left for Liverpool in June, although it went to Michael Laudrup instead.

And Martinez has warned Burnley they will be wasting their time if they try to tempt Jones away from the DW Stadium.

"It's always a massive compliment when other clubs see the good work that you are doing at your football club," Martinez told the Wigan Evening Post. "That's the case for players and it also applies for the staff as well, in this case Graeme.

"What we have to do is keep focused on the job we have to do here, and the goals we have set ourselves to achieve this season. This is a really important time at our football club, and it could turn out to be a significant building block in our legacy as a football club."

Jones was assistant to Martinez at Swansea before they both joined Wigan in the summer of 2009. The manager, who is preparing for a trip back to South Wales to face his former club in the Premier League on Saturday, insists the speculation surrounding his assistant is not a distraction.

"I'm sure he'll take the rumours on board, but he won't let it affect his work in preparing for Saturday's game," Martinez added. "It's something that goes with the territory when you are involved in football. When you do the right things, this sort of thing comes along - the same as when you don't do the right things, other things come along."