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Roberto Martinez Set To Turn Down Aston Villa

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez is set to turn down the opportunity to become boss of Aston Villa to carry on with the fantastic job he has started at the Latics.

Villa owner Randy Lerner approached his Latics counterpart Dave Whelan for permission to speak to Martinez, that permission was granted and on his return from Barbados, where he has been on a holiday with his wife, Martinez met with Lerner but it is understood that he is reluctant to leave the DW Stadium at the moment and he wants to continue working at the Latics for at least one more season.

Confirming that he has agreed for Villa to talk to Martinez, Dave Whelan said: "I`d be surprised if he is Villa`s new manager"

"I have made it clear to him that I will be extending his contract.

"Villa have acted above board and in a totally professional manner throughout. They wrote to me asking for permission to speak to Roberto. He was on holiday at the time and I granted Villa permission."

Without question one of the best young managers in club football Martinez is destined for a job at one of Europes elite clubs and it will become increasingly difficult for the 37 year old to stay at the DW Stadium when the big boys come courting, but for the time being it would appear that he is set to carry on building for the future with his first love, Wigan Athletic.

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Writer: Barry Worthington Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday June 9 2011

Time: 1:10AM

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Dont go Bobby, stay with us, its a job for life
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09/06/2011 01:16:00

I exepct him to carry on his promise, thats his 5 year plan, wants to get us into Europe, accomplish this with us Bobby, you will leave wigan with the fans support, leave now and it shows no loyalty in football, we want you to stay, read this and remember that!
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09/06/2011 01:22:00

Martinez = next Barca manager
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09/06/2011 01:23:00

Where in that statement does martinez say he will stay? Not too sure if we need someone like him at the moment but if we offer most managers apart from the big 6 the job they will take it...Money talks.
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09/06/2011 08:18:00

As I've said elsewhere going for a look and then saying, i'm better off at Wigan is all about sending a message to his squad.
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09/06/2011 08:59:00

if he goes i will loose faith in humanity
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09/06/2011 09:48:00

If he wasn't interest then why cut his family holiday short? Not saying he is definitely going to be the next villa manager but his actions certainly suggest he has some interest.
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09/06/2011 10:52:00

Plus don't forget he ditched Swansea for you after telling them he would never leave.
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09/06/2011 10:53:00

He didnt cut his holiday short, he was due back this week, Whelan said Villa asked for permission to speak last week, so it looks like he finished his holiday off to me
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09/06/2011 10:59:00

Please stay Bobby :'(
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09/06/2011 16:23:00

I think he's off...
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09/06/2011 17:12:00

As a Villa fan I hope he stays at Wigan - I do not see what all the fuss is about??? Average at best.
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09/06/2011 17:28:00

have you seen wigans team? N he kept us in the league 2 seasons in a row. Then you look at villas team? N you were fighting relegation 3 quarters of the season. Thats what the fuss is about
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09/06/2011 19:38:00

i agree what is all the fuss about a good manager does not lose 9-0 you can keep him so what he kept you up but the same can be said for mick mc carthey and steve keen and there not being sounded out as the next big thing! yes he does get them playing some attractive football but at the end of the day results count and you havent had any , mark hughes all the way you can keep martinez.
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09/06/2011 21:42:00

sorry forgot to mention if gerard houllier can finish higher in the league than martinez bring on steve mclaren lol and yes i have seen wigans team relegation specialists.
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09/06/2011 22:09:00

Got this right
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10/06/2011 13:42:00

never had any doubt about bobby he's wigan ath though and though . wigan ath fan 4 50yrs !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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12/06/2011 13:41:00


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