Roberto Martinez In Talks With Aston Villa, Steve McClaren Told To Take A Hike

Chris Wright

9th, June 2011


By Chris Wright

First we all thought Mark Hughes was a shoe-in, then came the swiftly kiboshed whispers that Carlo Ancelotti was favourite for the job, then Schteve McClaren was ruled in and swiftly ruled out again quicker than you can say ‘Croatia on a wet Wednesday’ (apparently he was told by Villa execs that he would be ‘wasting his time’ by attending an interview harsh), then rumours began spreading that Rafa Benitez was all but set to step in but you can forget all that baloney, for it now looks like the man Aston Villa want to replace Gerard Houllier is none other than Wigan manager Roberto Martinez.

Latics chairman Dave Whelan told the Daily Telegraph:

“Aston Villa have acted above board and in a totally professional manner. They wrote to me

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  1. davef says:

    Martinez is a good manager who likes his teams to play good passing football. So far so good.

    For Villa fans his appointment would also mean that the owner doesn’t want to spend any real money but to identify players with plenty of potential (ie promising, young and relatively cheap). So how does that meet fans ambitions for silverware? It doesn’t, but they may enjoy the football for the sake of it. Nah. Didn’t think they’d appreciate that either.

  2. jak says:

    Martinez is a good choice. Hes young, talented and ambitious. A much more sensible appointment than Rafa benitez or Mark ‘Mr loyalty’ hughes.

  3. Santi says:

    Roberto ‘Mr Loyalty’ Martinez

    so there

  4. jamie says:


    Martinez doesn’t have a history of signing big name players because his budgets at Swansea and Wigan have not allowed it; he was required to sign players with potential or virtual-unknowns and he did it well. Lerner and the board have probably identified that by matching a manager who is known for his attacking intent to their attack-minded squad, they might be able to get somewhere. I hope not though.

    Boing boing.

  5. jak says:

    @ Touche…Although I think Martinez’s history of moving clubs is a natural progression for him as a young manager. Swansea, Wigan, villa. Done with a little bit more respect for his clubs than Sparky.

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