Vital Football

Latest Wigan Atletic News

Roberto Martinez - Lack Of Ambition or Logic?

Roberto Martinez - Lack Of Ambition or Logic?



Lack of ambition, or lack of logic on the part of those that suspect he must leave

It has been suggested that Roberto Martinez is lacking in ambition if he does not take the big money moves to Liverpool or Aston Villa (twice). The argument for the prosecution is a simple one to make. Both clubs mentioned have a larger fan base, the expectation is also that there would be a larger budget to work with and a larger salary for Roberto at both clubs. If you consider just this evidence, it seems obvious that not to take one of these opportunities demonstrates he's comfortable in Little Wigan and doesn't want to test himself with the big boys. I expect the supporters who will tell you which team played best just by looking at the result on a Saturday afternoon would look at this evidence and declare it obvious Roberto is going to be gone by the end of the week. I ask whether it's a lack of ambition on Roberto's part or a lack of logic on the part of some supporters.

If a lack of ambition is keeping Martinez at Wigan, it was presumably the same 'lack of ambition' that kept Steven Gerrard at Liverpool a few years back, but they won't see it that way if Roberto turns them down. Each person, like Steven Gerrard, has 'their' club, as a supporter its usual to grow to love a particular club as you grow up. Fans changing clubs are often derided and it's considered a traitorous act to change clubs. Why is it so different, and you're expected to change if you're a manager. As a player the reality is that you will move clubs and people expect managers to do the same. Fans expect loyalty of fans, and expect treachery of players and managers, so much that it's not treachery, it's normal.

As a player, attachment to a single club is then often dependent on where your best memories are from. Roberto came to England and played for Wigan, I can't comment on his memories, but he certainly grew into English football with Wigan as his club. Graeme Jones had his best playing years at Wigan and it would be fair to say that this is also his club. So why move away if you feel you are at 'your club', feel you are making progress, and feel there is still work to be done, and more progress to be made.

I suggest it is actually more ambitious to want to keep total control of the club you love and seeing how far 'you' and your ideas can take them, putting yourself against the odds and seeking to triumph. Is this more ambitious than being part of a structure, where you would be sharing the responsibility, and seeing how far the committee can take a team, having people to blame if it doesn't work out? Is it more ambitious to have faith in your coaching staff to produce gems and triumph with your local team over the big boys, or is it more ambitious to get in a club where the plan is to spend millions on the latest form player, and not be able to change that plan?

We all know committees are places where compromise usually outranks vision. I would say staying put and having the success or failure totally on your shoulders, trying to take your little club into the big time is far more ambitious than settling comfortably into a corporate structure. Sorry, I mean keeping your club in the big time, we've proven in the closing weeks of the season we're closer already to the big time, by not only sharing a league with all the big boys, but by beating them all as well. Going off this lot it's hard to see how he could leave, if he's being backed by the Chairman. The ball seems to be in Uncle Dave's Court, and I suspect it has been since before this pantomime started.

Paul Thorp





Bookmark and Share



Join The Vital Debate









Latics and Proud



Fancy writing an article about the Latics? Why not get in touch, we are always looking for new contributors, after all we are all Latics fans here and want to get the Latics message to the world, so if you have a favourite match or Latics memory get it jotted down, or whatever you want to say put it into an email and send it to us here at Vital Wigan

To get your article published just click here and we will put it onto the site



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Paul Thorp
Date:Tuesday May 29 2012
Time: 7:00AM

Comments

0
I hope that Martinez shows both logic and ambition by staying put
worbo
28/05/2012 23:03:00
0
Loved if he stays. Loved if he goes. He is a legend and always will be.
hayzee
29/05/2012 10:23:00
0
Looks like he is gonna stay, can't see how he has turned down Liverpool to be honest. No offence but can't see what he is going to do different than he has previous seasons, you will struggle and then stay up or go down...he needed to go if he is gonna progress his career, nothing bigger than Liverpool will come up again unless he is lucky. It's not asif Wigan can go and give him 20+m to splash out on players, teams like Liverpool and Villa can, they can spend their selves up the table.
P.Avfc
30/05/2012 18:03:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Wigan Athletic Articles

Any Previous? Latics v Oldham Athletic

Down the years there haven't been too many meetings between the two Latics, the first one coming in a League Division 2 encounter back in November 1997

Millwall Away Tickets On Sale From Saturday

Latics have released details of the match day tickets and allocation for the away trip to Millwall on Tuesday 1st March

PWU Latics Podcast - Muddy Water Blues

The pitch! What on earth was going on, we were set to be renamed the Muddy Water Blues until David Sharpe stepped in and ordered a re-lay.

Meet The Ref - Latics v Oldham - Nigel Miller

The 'Battle of the Latics' on Saturday when Oldham visit the DW Stadium will be refereed by County Durham's very own Nigel Miller

Archived Vital Latics Articles

Vital Latics articles from

Site Journalists

Barry Worthington
Profile
Dan Farrimond (JWAW)
Profile
Adam Convery
Profile
Frank Ford
Profile
Noel Wards Leg
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Man Of The Match v Sheffield United
Suggested By: Jimmy Crankie
Jussi Jääskeläinen4%
Donervon Daniels2%
Craig Morgan2%
Jason Pearce6%
Chris McCann2%
David Perkins6%
Sam Morsy20%
Max Power4%
Yanic Wildschut46%
Conor McAleny6%
Will Grigg2%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Burton 29 19 3 7 60 16
2 Walsall 29 16 8 5 56 17
3 Wigan 30 15 10 5 55 21
4 Gillingham 30 16 7 7 55 19
5 Coventry 30 13 10 7 49 16
6 Millwall 29 14 5 10 47 9
7 Southend 29 13 8 8 47 6
8 Peterborough 29 13 5 11 44 13
9 Port Vale 31 12 8 11 44 -1
10 Barnsley 29 13 3 13 42 6
11 Sheff Utd 29 11 9 9 42 4
12 Bradford 28 11 8 9 41 -3
13 Scunthorpe 28 11 5 12 38 -4
14 Rochdale 28 10 7 11 37 -2
15 Bury 28 10 7 11 37 -7
16 Doncaster 29 9 9 11 36 -4
17 Swindon 30 10 6 14 36 -5
18 Blackpool 29 9 6 14 33 -7
19 Chesterfield 29 9 3 17 30 -11
20 Shrewsbury 30 8 6 16 30 -15
21 Fleetwood 28 7 8 13 29 -3
22 Crewe 29 6 8 15 26 -20
23 Oldham 27 4 12 11 24 -13
24 Colchester 29 5 7 17 22 -32
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News

Wigan Athletic Fixtures (view all)

Feb 13 2016 3:00PM : Oldham Athletic (H)
Sky Bet League One
Feb 20 2016 3:00PM : Walsall (a)
Sky Bet League One
Feb 27 2016 3:00PM : Bury (H)
Sky Bet League One
Mar 1 2016 7:45PM : Millwall (a)
Sky Bet League One
Mar 5 2016 3:00PM : Peterborough United (H)
Sky Bet League One
Mar 12 2016 3:00PM : Colchester United (a)
Sky Bet League One

Recent Wigan Athletic Results (view all)

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.BrickLatic128
2.Moonay90
3.Thorpyness81
4.Whittleblue70
5.Noel Wards Leg60
6.hindleymonwafc57
7.JJ_WAFC34
8.TRUE BELIEVER29
9.Marksparko27
10.GrimReaper8726