Martinez Shows Class And Loyalty – Turns Down Villa


Surprising news coming through that Roberto Martinez, the Spanish manager of Wigan Athletic has turned down an opportunity to manage Aston Villa.

Roberto Martinez – turns down Aston Villa – he’s a class act

A Villa statement confirmed today:

“Roberto met with his chairman earlier this week and he made the decision to honor his commitment to Wigan.”

Martinez is still only 37 years old, and is one of the best young managers in the game, and he has done so well at Wigan with very little money or resources available to him since he became manager in 2009, after spending two years at Swansea.

But it seems that Roberto is an old fashioned guy, and he has spoken of his commitment to Wigan’s youthful squad and their rather amazing escape from the drop last month.

The Aston Villa statement added:

“The club would like to thank Wigan Athletic Football Club and its chairman, Dave Whelan, for their professionalism in dealing with our request to speak to Roberto Martinez.”

“Roberto’s qualities as a young and aspirational manager ensured him of a position high on our shortlist of potential new managers.”

“Given that he had one year remaining on his contract at Wigan, we made an official approach through the proper channels, though we were aware of a commitment he had made to his club to agree and sign a new contract following the final game of last season.”

“Roberto met with his chairman earlier this week and he has made the decision to honor his commitment to Wigan.” “Therefore, we have not met Roberto and we have not had the opportunity to discuss the vacant managerial role with him.”

“We remain focused and are working hard to secure the best candidate for Aston Villa who will complement the club’s commitment to be true to our heritage, competitiveness and passionate fan base.”

“And we will have the new manager in place to prepare the players for the pre-season program and next season’s campaign.”

To give Dave Whelan credit, the Wigan Chairman had said yesterday that he thought Roberto would elect to stay at Wigan,  and that must be a huge lift for their supporters and the club in general.

Since Martinez has just one year left on his contract we now expect Dave, one of the good guys in football, to offer Roberto a new contract on improved terms, as he hinted yesterday when he was  interviewed on Sky Sports.

But there’s something of a breath of fresh air in the way that Roberto Martinez has stayed loyal to Wigan, and it’s something you don’t see too often these days, in a world of greed and ambition.

This is what a delighted Whelan had to say today:

“This is not all about money because Roberto is not a greedy man.” “Managers and footballers have a reputation of greed and it is assumed they are all like that. He has sentiment and feelings and has a great respect for the operation at Wigan Athletic.”

Mike Ashley was said to be interested in Roberto when he was still managing Swansea, and he was thought at that time (around 2008), to be an up-and-coming manager who played very attractive football.

To keep Wigan in the Premier League in the last few seasons has been almost a miracle,  but Roberto has done that, and of course in May the Latics won their last two league games to stay in England’s top league for next season.

We have to hope that Roberto can do the same thing again next season – but it’s not often you see this sort of character and class  displayed in football – it’s just great to see.

Comments welcome.



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393 comments so far

  • Andy

    Jun 10, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #1

    Is this relevant? Then again it’s your blog, keep up the good work

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 10, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #2

    Am not sure this is a good decision for Martinez personally I would like to see him as our manager

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  • faustino

    Jun 10, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Fact is, why would the guy have agreed to say unless one of two things happened?

    1. He was guaranteed that their best player weren’t going to be sold [i.e. N’Zogbia]

    2. If they were sold, he would get top dollar and all the money to re-invest in the team [i.e. N Zogbia for the quoted 12 million.]

    Either way Charlie boy aint headed North, like.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jun 10, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #4

    COME ON ED, this is the NUFC BLOG!!!!

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  • Andy

    Jun 10, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #5

    faustino he feels he owes the chairman some loyalty after he stood by him through the terrible runs that he had

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  • NI Toon

    Jun 10, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #6

    @Andy
    It could be relevant with regards to N’Zogbia.

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 10, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #7

    faustino
    Or he doesnt want to manage Villa? They arent the most attractive prospect in the world in all fairness

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  • kevymartins

    Jun 10, 2011 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #8

    @WWJBD or hes just loyal

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  • faustino

    Jun 10, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #9

    lol true to the quality of Villa statement, but I don’t believe for a second it was out of loyalty. They’re would have had to be some professional motivation.

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 10, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #10

    kevy
    yeah he could be loyal or Villa didnt offer him much in way of wages…..or the owner has a weak hand shake….or the fact he would be required to spend large amounts of time in Birmingham which would put anyone off the job

    There are plenty of reasons as to why he wouldnt take the job 🙂 I dont assume its just down insomnias future

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  • Toon Army NYC

    Jun 10, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #11

    Faustino, thats not necessarily the case. It could just be that he’s a decent bloke with some sense of loyalty. Is everyone so jaded nowadays we just can never believe that?

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  • northernracoon

    Jun 10, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #12

    looks like another day and no news 🙁

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jun 10, 2011 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #13

    NUFC Announcement 3PM

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  • Toon Army NYC

    Jun 10, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #14

    @NUFC_Richyg01 – Are you that dense that you can’t realize that stories such as this have an effect on all clubs?

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  • northernracoon

    Jun 10, 2011 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #15

    nufc richy, how do you know about a 3pm announcement? hope its true

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  • boater

    Jun 10, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #16

    Martinez has acted out of loyalty to the club that stuck by him when relegation looked likely all season.. fair do’s. He has also had a salary hike from Whelan as it goes, but still… credit for showing some loyalty.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jun 10, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #17

    MsiDouglas Mark Douglas
    For those asking, I think the Cabaye announcement will be around 5.

    I should imagine he’ll have been told when to be at the Media centre.

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  • gorskino10

    Jun 10, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #18

    Martinez as our manager? you must be joking, all the good players were bought by previous managers, NZogbia/Rodallgia etc..

    Wasted 6.5M On Boselli who played 6 times scoring 0 goals (sounds like a Xisco)
    Franco Di Santo who scored i measly 1 goal in 25 games.
    Ronnie Stam who was really poor at RB for 3.5M

    Apart from James McCarthy and loan of Ali his ability to buy players is poor, then you look at results they are hit as miss which shows poor management you cannot draw a game against say Chelsea and lose to clubs you should be easy.
    Got very lucky at the end much like Grant (last year)

    Not a very good manager at all.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jun 10, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #19

    @ 14

    No Im not dense, but it really dont affect us, not like they aint gonna comeand take Pards are they!

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  • stevep

    Jun 10, 2011 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #20

    He’ll be sorry, reckon he’ll sacked after half the season after having to sell zogs and that rodalegga (or whatever his name is) and then realising no decent players will want to sign for em

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jun 10, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #21

    I think Martinez only did well on previous signings made by Steve Bruce tbf.

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  • gonz

    Jun 10, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #22

    I have to agree with the other bloggers on this site who disagree with Martin Tylers goals of the season and Tiotes should be up there, not only on the list, but the winner or a close second. I know I’m a biased NUFC fan, but to hit a volley like that, not just any volley, but a volley outside the box that had to go through a whole host of players and somehow find the bottom corner without taking a knick to deflect it wide. I was living stateside when that game was played and missed the live feed, but it was all over the ESPN, fox soccer news channels.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Jun 10, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #23

    NUFC_Richyg01, aye but Chris may have then been in for the Wigan job.

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  • nufc90

    Jun 10, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #24

    i think the reason noone wants the villa job is because hughes has already agreed to take over. he’s on holiday and he’ll probably sign when he returns, meaning his contract at fulham will have expired and so no compensation need be paid.

    either that or noone wants the job cos they’re selling their best players (young to man utd) (downing probably to liverpool)

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  • ToonTiote

    Jun 10, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #25

    Hope everyone now doesnt belive anything on twitter we had Gervinho in bag and now we dont hahaha what a load of shit.

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  • chuck

    Jun 10, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #26

    Yeah both Whelan and Martinez are class acts, would trade Ashley and Pardew for both any day.
    Martinez is building a decent young side at Wigan, with McCarthy and others, not to mention the Zog, currently a player who would’nt look out of place in any side.
    Hey i wish em luck !

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 10, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #27

    gorskino
    Our managers have nothing to do with transfers anymore so thats a none issue for me

    Martinez has Wigan playing good football despite the lack of quality he has and he is very young for a manager.

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  • nufc90

    Jun 10, 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #28

    gonz, personally i don’t think skysportsnews know acknowledge any teams north of manchester..

    what about barton vs villa aswell first home game of season, carroll vs liverpool, ben arfa vs everton.. i’m sure you could think of more but all these could be candidates at least

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  • faustino

    Jun 10, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #29

    @ Toon Army NYC

    I get what you’re saying mate 🙂 but where there’s an agent, there’s no loyalty.

    If it was entirely his decision I’d agree, but the legal fact is; if there is a deal on the table worth more to your agent than what your currently making and you knock it back out of ‘moral standing’, your in a world of contractual hurt re: loss of earnings for your agent. Its their contracted job to make you as much money [and therefore them] as poss. not develop good relations.

    Apply this rule in reverse as to why we’ll never see the back of Alan Smith, or why Nolan and Barton will run out their contracts if they cant get an equal or better deal.

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  • belfastmagpie87

    Jun 10, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #31

    when cadbye meant to be announced today?

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 10, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #32

    where are those twats CWARR and ORACLE who said tat we are going to sign gervinhio

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jun 10, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #33

    3.30 now I think

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 10, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #34

    cabaye signing great start to the window, hope many of his qaulity coming in next targets shud marvin martin, ryad boudabouz, nzogbia n mezut erding

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  • nufcburty

    Jun 10, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #35

    something to lighten up the mood.

    Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has said his players are excited about the prospect of European Football next season. After all, they’ve never been to Swansea before.

    hahahahaha!!!!

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  • davybtoon

    Jun 10, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #36

    why are ppl happy we myt not sign gervinho u shud be gutted we hav missed out on a qaulity player

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  • carlton nufc

    Jun 10, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #37

    Wernt there supposed to be an anouncement at 3

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  • chuck

    Jun 10, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #38

    Gorskino
    Knocking Martinez ? he was excellent at Swansea and not too shabby at Wigan, considering he had a very young and inexperienced team.
    He survived against the odds, while still playing attractive football.
    The fact he was offered the Villa job is proof of how well he is rated.
    On the other hand who the f**k do we have ?, nowt but a re-tread looser who cant keep his mouth shut?

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  • WWJBD

    Jun 10, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #39

    davy
    Its hard to say I told you so when your gutted would be my guess

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  • Toon1978

    Jun 10, 2011 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #40

    davybtoon

    Because you where one of the people saying Gervinho would be coming. Building people’s hopes up. I will never believe any bugger again. Cwarr07,Oracle and all the other nut jobs who think they know all but in reality they know nothing. Attention seeking is the only explanation for these idiots. Ahh well onwards we go.

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