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Unofficially It`s Official, Martinez Signs

Unofficially It`s Official, Martinez Signs

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan has confirmed unofficially of course that ex Swansea City manager Roberto Martinez is the new Latics manager and will be officially unveiled on Thursday when Whelan returns from a short holiday.

Speaking to Sky Sports News Whelan said: 'Everything is virtually agreed and the only reason it's not been signed up is because I'm in Majorca'

'I'm due back on Wednesday and the deal will be completed on Wednesday afternoon, and we'll have a press conference on Thursday.

'It's 99 per cent certain that Roberto Martinez will be our new manager. Everything is in place and the contract will be a three-year deal.'

Whelan continued that he hopes Roberto will stay at the Latics for a long time and he remarked about the supporters being very excited, he said: 'I'm hoping that Roberto stays with us for quite a long time. I was really sad to lose Steve Bruce, who was a great manager for Wigan Athletic, but Roberto was one of my 'three amigos' and he is a wonderful man and knows football inside out.

'He has done remarkably well at Swansea. We at Wigan, and all the supporters, are very, very excited at getting Roberto Martinez.'

When asked if he was confident Martinez could be a success in the Premier League, Whelan replied: 'Can you ever be absolutely satisfied that anybody can step up to the Premier League? The answer to that is no.

'The Premier League is the best league in the world and the most difficult league in the world to survive in.

'Roberto first came to us when Wigan were in the fourth division and he stayed with us for four or five years and he has gone and done wondrous things in management.

'There is no reason why he cannot come into Wigan and be a top quality manager in the Premier League. If I'm being very honest, I predict Roberto will go on to be one of the top four or six managers within four or five years.'

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Writer:Barry Worthington
Date:Sunday June 7 2009
Time: 8:55AM


Nice one
07/06/2009 08:58:00
just wish he would hurry up and go so we can move on your chairman picked a good time to go on holiday.
07/06/2009 09:51:00
You're not joking james,jackarmy, BTW good luck in the search for a replacement and I hope you have a good season
07/06/2009 10:25:00
I agree. I remember when Bruce was doing this to us.
07/06/2009 10:33:00
right whelan just said in that interview as you know i dont support foreighn managers but what is martinez uhhhh foreighn lol
07/06/2009 14:13:00
He means for the England squad.
08/06/2009 08:19:00
Why does DW care what sort of manager England have. Focus on Wigan plz.
09/06/2009 07:14:00
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