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Wigan vs Fulham preview - Martinez wants to repay loyal supporters

Posted Saturday, October 29, 2011 by PA18 hits

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez wants his players to reward the fans who have stayed loyal to them through a difficult couple of months with victory over Fulham. The Latics have lost six straight Barclays Premier League games, with their last points coming courtesy of a 2-0 victory over QPR back in August. Only Blackburn, who also have five points, sit beneath them but, unlike at Ewood Park where ...Full Story »

Levante vs Malaga preview - Martinez refuses to get carried away

Posted Sunday, October 16, 2011 by PA44 hits

Levante's amazing start to the season has seen them win their last four Primera Division games and sit joint-top of the table with Barcelona. However, manager Juan Ignacio Martinez refuses to get carried away with his side's current position and says that, given the financial disparity between the teams, just keeping the run going for one more week against Malaga would be a huge achievement. H...Full Story »

Wigan Athletic vs Bolton Wanderers preview - Martinez not interested in early league standings

Posted Saturday, October 15, 2011 by PA45 hits

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez insists it would be wrong for anyone to draw conclusions from the current state of the Premier League table. If they did, Manchester United would be claiming the title, with Manchester City and Chelsea in hot pursuit. Rather more surprisingly, Newcastle could be looking at a Champions League berth and Arsenal would be in a relegation fight. Much closer to home, bot...Full Story »

Levante vs Espanyol preview - Martinez urges focus

Posted Sunday, September 25, 2011 by PA81 hits

Levante coach Juan Ignacio Martinez is refusing to get carried away with his side's fine start to the season, which sees them lying sixth after four rounds and having last weekend claimed the prized scalp of Real Madrid. The Valencia-based club followed up that 1-0 triumph over Jose Mourinho's star-studded side with a 2-1 victory at Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday and they will hope to make it thre...Full Story »

Wigan Athletic vs Queens Park Rangers preview - Martinez welcomes new deals for players

Posted Saturday, August 27, 2011 by PA91 hits

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez may not have been a busy man in the transfer market, but he is delighted to have three of his key players tied down to new deals ahead of their match against QPR. James McCarthy, Ben Watson and Emmerson Boyce have all penned new contracts at the DW Stadium as Martinez looks to give stability to the side that just avoided relegation last season. The game at home t...Full Story »

Swansea vs Wigan preview - Martinez ready for Swans reception

Posted Saturday, August 20, 2011 by PA39 hits

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is ready to take on the chin whatever reception he is given by Swansea's fans on his return to the Liberty Stadium. The Spaniard made 122 appearances for the Swans as a player and then spent two years in south Wales as manager between 2007 and 2009 before leaving the club for Wigan. It was a controversial decision by Martinez, who had previously said he would only q...Full Story »

Roberto Martinez up for Julio Arca Swoop

Posted Sunday, July 17, 2011 by hits

ABOVE: Argentinian Julio Arca, 30, is now a free agent after leaving Middlesbrough WIGAN boss Roberto Martinez is ready to renew his interest in Julio Arca – if Charles N’Zogbia leaves the DW Stadium. Argentinian Julio Arca, 30, was willing to take a pay cut at Middlesbrough but was disappointed with their offer and is now a free agent. The midfielder spent five years on Teesside ...Full Story »

Roberto Martinez Fear of Festive Fixtures for Wigan

Posted Sunday, July 03, 2011 by hits

ABOVE: Roberto Martinez admits Wigan face a ‘month of death in December ROBERTO MARTINEZ admits Wigan face a ‘month of death’ as they look to avoid another Premier League relegation battle. The Latics boss believes his side can push for the top half if they show the form of the final month of last season. But he thinks December, when they face Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and...Full Story »

Levante recruit Martinez as coach to replace Garcia

Posted Saturday, June 11, 2011 by YAHOO Sport36 hits

Levante have hired Juan Ignacio Martinez as coach to replace Luis Garcia who rescinded his contract this week and signed for La Liga rivals Getafe. “The profile of Juan Ignacio Martinez is the perfect one to lead our club,” Francisco Catalan, president of the tiny Valencia-based side said at a presentation ceremony on Friday. A former coach of second-division sides Salamanca, Albac...Full Story »

Martinez rejects Villa to stay at Wigan

Posted Saturday, June 11, 2011 by YAHOO Sport33 hits

Roberto Martinez will remain as manager of Wigan after rejecting an opportunity to hold talks with English Premier League rival Aston Villa. Villa targeted the 37-year-old Spaniard as a replacement for Gerard Houllier, who left for health reasons this month, but said on Friday that Martinez “has made the decision to honor his commitment to Wigan.” Wigan chairman Dave Whelan granted...Full Story »

Martinez staying at Wigan after snubbing Villa

Posted Saturday, June 11, 2011 by YAHOO Sport12 hits

LONDON (AFP) - Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez has turned down the chance of taking over at Aston Villa, it was confirmed on Friday. An Aston Villa statement said Martinez, 37, had featured prominently on the club's shortlist of candidates to replace Gerard Houllier but had chosen instead to see out his contract with Wigan. "Roberto met with his chairman earlier this week and he made t...Full Story »

Villa target Martinez to stay at Wigan

Posted Friday, June 10, 2011 by YAHOO Sport16 hits

LONDON (AFP) - Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez has turned down the chance of taking over at Aston Villa, it was confirmed on Friday. An Aston Villa statement said Martinez, 37, had featured prominently on the club's shortlist of candidates to replace Gerard Houllier but had chosen instead to see out his contract with Wigan. "Roberto met with his chairman (Dave Whelan) earlier this we...Full Story »

Levante signs coach Juan Martinez to one-year deal

Posted Friday, June 10, 2011 by YAHOO Sport23 hits

VALENCIA, Spain (AP)—Spanish club Levante has named Juan Martinez as its new coach for the 2011-12 season. Martinez arrives after two seasons in charge of Spanish second division team Cartagena and has never coached in the topflight before. Martinez said on Friday that “I have spent 20 years in the lower divisions and even in women’s football. I am completely happy.” T...Full Story »

Roberto Martinez to deside on Aston Villa job by lunchtime

Posted Friday, June 10, 2011 by hits

ABOVE: Roberto Martinez has been high on Aston Villa’s wanted list since the departure of Houllier ROBERTO MARTINEZ will give Aston Villa a decision by lunch-time on whether he is ready to become their new boss. The Wigan manager spent last night agonising over whether to take the tough decision to turn his back on Latics owner Dave Whelan. After another confusing day at Villa Park, it...Full Story »

Blackpool vs Wigan Athletic preview - Holloway hails Martinez style

Posted Saturday, April 16, 2011 by PA29 hits

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway believes Wigan counterpart Roberto Martinez deserves more credit and is convinced the Spaniard will go far in football management. It has been a difficult second season for Martinez in charge of Wigan, who finished 16th under him last year but are currently bottom of the Barclays Premier League with six games to play. The 37-year-old landed the job with the Latic...Full Story »

Wigan vs Birmingham preview - Martinez relishing survival battle

Posted Saturday, March 19, 2011 by PA84 hits

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez expects his players to put their bodies on their line as the relegation battle intensifies. Latics have just nine games to save their Barclays Premier League status after slipping to the bottom of the table and four points below the crucial 17th place. Martinez has bemoaned his side's lack of fortune in relation to performances all season - narrow defeat at Manche...Full Story »

Wigan vs Manchester United preview - Martinez admits `mental block'

Posted Saturday, February 26, 2011 by PA114 hits

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez admits his team have a mental block when it comes to playing Manchester United. The relegation-threatened Latics have not taken a point from the current Barclays Premier League leaders since they were promoted to the top flight in 2005. Their need to break that hoodoo is more urgent than ever as United visit the DW Stadium at the start of a tough run of fixtures for...Full Story »

Mallorca vs Athletic Bilbao Preview: Martinez urges caution

Posted Monday, February 14, 2011 by PA163 hits

Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez has urged his side not to get carried away by their current impressive run of form, pointing out there is still a long way to go in their hunt for a European place. Athletic make the trip to Real Mallorca having won six of their last eight matches in La Liga - including each of their last four - to climb up to fifth in the standings. That fine run mea...Full Story »

Wigan Athleti vs Aston Villa preview - Martinez fears Bent barrage

Posted Tuesday, January 25, 2011 by PA187 hits

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez is wary of a Darren Bent-inspired Aston Villa ahead of the relegation showdown. Martinez was one of the few people unsurprised last week by Villa's club-record #18million outlay for the England striker, a fee that could ultimately rise to #24million. Bent duly began his Villa career in stunning fashion by scoring the winner in Saturday's much-needed 1-0 home vict...Full Story »

Wigan vs Fulham Preview - Martinez rallies rested Latics

Posted Saturday, January 15, 2011 by PA55 hits

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is looking for an energised performance from his team against Fulham this weekend to make up for the flat display they put in at Craven Cottage earlier in the season. Martinez suggested his players had struggled to cope with the demands of their fixture schedule when a Latics side showing just four changes from a midweek Carling Cup tie against Swansea were beaten 2-...Full Story »

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