Friday, 10 June 2011

Roberto Martinez proves loyalty still exists

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has rejected overtures from Aston Villa to remain under contract at his club. In a world of greed and overly inflated egos it is incredibly impressive to see Martinez honouring his agreement with Wigan Athletic.

The Spaniard played for Wigan between 1995 and 2001 playing in 188 games, scoring 17 goals. After finishing his career at Chester City he took his first job in management at Swansea City where he had also played for three seasons. He had an impressive start to his managerial career and moved to Wigan in 2009.

He has been associated with playing an attractive style of football although Wigan have struggled in the Premier League during his tenure. However, maintaining their Premiership status has been a remarkable achievement which has in turn lead to interest in him from bigger clubs.

The rumoured approach from Aston Villa must have been tempting for him. However, after the turmoil this season surrounding the midlands club I believe he has made the correct decision. It seems like Villa maybe on the decline after a decent couple of years under Martin O’Neill. The Chairman Randy Lerner has not done too much wrong but with the impending departure of Ashley Young means the club face a difficult task to challenge for a top half Premier league finish next season.

Whatever the offer was from Villa the decision to remain at Wigan appears to be centred on Martinez’s association with the club. With the transfer window fully up and running and the rumour mill going crazy it is incredibly refreshing to see someone acknowledging how important loyalty is. Everyone associated with Martinez and Wigan should feel immensely proud today and the Spaniard has won many friends with this decision.

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