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An Invitation To Dinner For Roberto Martinez

Stateside Latics fan, Ned Brown, as been in touch, Ned lives near to, well a 10 minute drive, from Fenway, Boston, the speculated destination of Roberto Martinez if he is indeed set for talks about becoming Liverpool boss, Ned writes an open letter to our Bobby and offers an invite for dinner:

Dear Roberto,

I`d like to open this letter with an invitation for dinner with your Latics family during your stay in Boston. I am a lifelong Latics supporter, who in his childhood would fly over from Colombia — my family`s home at the time — to watch you, Isidro, and Jesus at Springfield Park. We'd stay with my granddad, who attended the very first Wigan Athletic match in 1932. He used to send my father and I a parcel full of newspaper clippings with match reports, league tables, and footnotes on the awful refereeing that cost us important points. Granddad passed away the January before our promotion to the Premier League but was immensely proud of what the club was achieving. He loved the new stadium. His deep love of the club was passed along to my father, known on our site as Jakarta Jack, the truest Latics supporter I know.

But the family connection does not stop there. In 2008, amid torrential rain and a lively dance floor, I married your now biggest fan — Kathleen — and in doing so, inherited my American family. Her mother, Chris, watched Latics' first Carling Cup final against Manchester United in a bar in Tanzania. Her father jumped up and down with us like monkeys as David Unsworth`s penalty kept us up against Sheffield United. Her older brother John runs the Latics supporters club in Washington, DC. I introduced them to the DW for the 3-3 draw with Blackburn back in November. Our nephew Sammy, 4, currently supports a mysterious team called 'Digham' but his baby sister Anna is frequently pictured in the royal blue and we are confident he will come around. Your American Latics family welcomes you stateside!

I think I speak for the majority of Wigan supporters when I say we are immensely proud of your personal achievements and those you have choreographed at our football club. We are proud that a club of Liverpool's size and history is interested in hiring you for what must be an incredibly tempting prospect. But what we have witnessed in the last quarter of the season was your vision realized. The defensive solidity, midfield dominance, attacking penetration — it was a joy to watch. Stylish, brave football. Sin miedo.

Your decision to omit Mo Diame and Hugo Rodallega from the starting line-up in that final stretch has meant that — as it stands — we only face losing one key player in Victor Moses, and even that is not a done deal. This presents an opportunity to really kick on next season, rather than spend the first half of it rebuilding and reshaping the team as in the past. With few of our players involved in the Euros or Olympics, we might even start the season with a fit squad. What we just witnessed in April and May was truly spectacular, but it shouldn`t mask how fragile we still are. We are asking you to give us one more year (or two). Guide us to a season of mid-table safety, maybe even an outside chance at Europe, and then make your move.

I encourage my fellow Latics supporters to leave you a message in the comments section of this post. We all have our unique history with the club, our support and love for it, but we are united in our wish for you to stay on. It is rare to be so proud not only of the sporting achievements, but the integrity and human decency of the club's manager.

And if you have time to meet with a Latics family during your stay in Boston, we would love to have you -

Ned & Kathleen

PS- if in fact, you are on a beach in Barbados with your wife, have fun and consider a stop on the way back!

Ned Brown

Ned also writes for ESPN and has his own Latics website threeamigoswigan.com which also features articles written in Spanish

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Writer: Ned Brown Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday May 24 2012

Time: 11:13AM

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Can I come too Ned?
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24/05/2012 11:15:00

That actually brought a tear to my eye. I thought no one would have the impact on the club or the devotion of the fans that Jewell had. I thought we had cracked it when we had a decent finish under Bruce, but nothing has compared to Roberto. We have gone through all the pain and the doubts, wondering when his plan would bear fruit, but he has silenced all the doubters and brought us to the threshold of being a team that not only could have a top ten finish, but possible even Europe. Come on Bobby, go and have dinner with Ned and then get your backside back here and lead us into battle next season. Sin Miedo.
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24/05/2012 13:27:00

a very touch letter. thanks for sharing Ned and hope Bobby can read your letter.
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24/05/2012 16:22:00

Nice letter.
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24/05/2012 16:29:00

A very well written letter Ned. I think we would all echo your sentiments. Come on Roberto, let's see what we can do next season. Creemos en ti
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24/05/2012 16:32:00

Speaks for every Wigan fan! We need you Mr. Martinez!
w4fc b3n
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25/05/2012 12:23:00


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